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Wonder Where The Water Went

Updated on April 25, 2012
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JohnMello is a writer, composer, musician and the author of books for children and adults.

Water, water everywhere and not enough to drink,
We use it once and watch it as it trickles down the sink,
Or wends its way down plugholes through the pipes in walls and floor,
And once it’s gone it’s really gone – gone forevermore.

They say the system’s faulty, full of leaks and prone to waste,
They say to turn off taps while you apply and use toothpaste,
They recommend a shower when a bath is what’s required
To lubricate the joints and ease those muscles, oh, so tired.

Some call it eau, some agua, wasser, nero, kanji, mool,

By any name this maji stuff is eminently cool,

Providing our refreshment and the quenching of our thirst,

Until the winter’s icy grip makes pipes freeze up and burst.


Unless you live on Jupiter or hide out in a tent,

You cannot really miss it for it’s 70 per cent

Of all the surface of the earth, you’d think that would suffice,

But no, we simply squander it, no matter what the price;

We splash, we drench, we soak, we slosh, we souse, plunge, rinse and dunk,

We swim in it and play in it, expunge our dirt and gunk,

This aqua pura, hydrous gold helps keep us all alive,

But taking things for granted doesn’t mean that they’ll survive;

If only there was some way we could manage our supplies,

To redesign our houses so they made us water-wise,

And rather than sit by and let it dribble down the drain,

We’d filter out impurities and use it all again!

If Einstein was alive today he’d know just what to do,

He’d magic up a formula, design a law or two,

He’d use his wits in starts and fits to sum things up just so,

And help us save our best resource which we call H20.


Next time you fill the kettle or wash dishes in the sink,

Irrigate plants, clean the car, or simply take a drink,

Ponder water’s future while you flush away your crap;

Because, unless we’re careful, it won’t always be on tap.

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      JohnMello 5 years ago from England

      Thanks for the praise and encouragement, Greg Chick and watergeek!

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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      I just sent it to my minister to use for a sermon. How about offering it to NRDC to put on their website? http://www.nrdc.org

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      Greg Chick 5 years ago

      Sell the poem to a Pop Star and be a champion of Conservation, We need the culture to embrace such thoughts, not just us "Greenie Weenies". I got a Dr. Suez's

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      JohnMello 5 years ago from England

      Thanks watergeek!

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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Great poem and very true, all of it. I'm in the water conservation field and I totally relate. Well done!

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      JohnMello 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much emilyrebecca!

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      emilyrebecca 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, and wonderfully thought out! This made me smile!

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      JohnMello 5 years ago from England

      Thanks, Michelle!

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      Michelle Taylor 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Very well said indeed! Too many people are too selfish to realize how their bad habits are effecting everyone and not for good. Voted up, awesome and shared!