This is my 'Water Everywhere' poem for National Poetry Day.
Water, Water, Everywhere
A fistful of soil, bare and dry,
His family, starving, no tears left to cry.
Need showers of rain, a deluge, a flood,
Prayers not working the way that they should.
No crops to sell, the cycle of life,
Turns slowly for farmer’s children and wife
They need to be fed – life just isn’t fair
Because others see water, water everywhere.
Look out of the window. Oh No! Not again!
Is there no end to this bloomin’ rain?
Rivers are high as they run to the sea,
Those fields will be flooded as water breaks free.
Misery, heartbreak, steady stream seeps through,
Furniture ruined, no insurance will do.
A surfeit of water let Africa share
They need to see water, water everywhere.
A ship on the ocean, dewdrops on a rose,
Diving in lakes, waves lapping round toes.
If only this water could be equalled and shared,
Not squandered or wasted as if nobody cared.
A world of resources, carefully planned,
With water everywhere on supply and demand!