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The Cost of Water

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The Cost of Water

Flight of stillness;
idle,
ditch-wise.

Ladders point up
but they say the ground is greater;
sunlight knitting to their brown feet green socks.
They crestfall and
buckle at the knee.

Hear guts clap thunder off somewhere else
but no storm in sight to maitre d' this mesa;

got to rot the mud lest 
an urge to ripen ripens.

But hear now
the locusts flood this rut,
hunt for want,
         impelled to eat each lunch of your decay.

         Earth uncorks her pores.
you drift upon the grass, lift the damp from the sod
like a pillow of cloud sopping Earth's steam-
       
         to be made the steward of this land;
lightning
flash! ladders
shatter!
 
Pay in full the cost of water,
less labors not yet lost.

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  1. Date: 3/14/2010 8:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win here Andrew ! A fine poem indeed !!! james

  1. Date: 3/5/2010 1:41:00 PM
    Hey Andrew, my congratulations on your win in the PS Intl. Poetry Contest! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 8:20:00 AM
    Good imagery! Congrats

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 1:50:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured today. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 4:31:00 AM
    Congrats on being featured. I look forward to reading more of your works.

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 9:04:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the October 2009 PoetrySoup International Poetry Site Contest Andrew. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 5:29:00 PM
    Much for the reader to ponder about in this poem. The fast pace works well. Congratulations on being one of the winners in the Soup contest. Enjoy your honor. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 12/22/2009 11:56:00 AM
    Congratulations on being a first round survivor and the best to you in the finals Andrew. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 8:54:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 10:08:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 12:05:00 PM
    Many congrats on your featured poem this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 3:06:00 AM
    Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. A. W. Nutter

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 2:44:00 PM
    Congrats on the feature! This is a great piece.

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 4:29:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Andrew. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 12:18:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured >> James

  1. Date: 12/6/2009 11:54:00 PM
    Congrats on your featured poem! ***Danielle***