Drink – SoCS June 25/16

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“I need a drink!”

How often does that thought pass through our minds, I wonder? Does ‘need’ really reflect our thoughts most of the time, or is it more of a ‘want’? Of course, that thought tends to bring a picture to our minds of a nice glass of red, or a gin & tonic, or a pint of lager (yes, I’m British!). It’s definitely a want.

Real need encompasses water. We cannot live without it, we really do need it. It makes me angry, it scares me, when I hear about water privatisation. But then, water is already treated as a commodity here in the UK. All water supplies are controlled by private industry, it’s been this way here since 1989, and it’s accepted as being, well, acceptable. I’m not sure that I agree. I’ve been lucky, have always had access to clean water without having to worry about paying for its supply, and for the disposal of waste water.

People in the third world slums pay more for the supply of water than people in New York and London. Women in parts of Africa where privatised water is beyond their reach walk miles to collect water from often-polluted rivers, and they and their families suffer the devastating health consequences as a result.

Deaths from water-borne diseases are killing more people worldwide than all the wars, conflicts and general violence combined.

The United Nations has declared that access to clean drinking water is a universal human right.

Something to remember when you think “I need a drink!”


 

Here’s my latest offering for the lovely Linda’s Stream of Consciousness SaturdayLinda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where this week she invites to write inspired by ‘drink’ (verb or noun). This was completely stream of consciousness… I started off with one idea i mind and ended up at a real tangent!

Please do head on over to Linda’s blog, read, enjoy, and why not be inspired to take part?

TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge – Wing

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harness the trade winds

soar to the star-spangled sky

immerse in beauty

 

imagination

take flight, pierce the stratosphere

give wings to your soul

 


 

Where does the time go? It flies, right? It seems only moments since I was sitting at my spot on the sofa, writing last week’s haiku for TJ’s revamped Household Haiku Challenge!

This week, TJ invites us to write a haiku inspired by either the image he has supplied, the word (this week, ‘wing’), or both! So, here are my two offerings, I hope you enjoy them! Please do hop on over to his blog to see the other lovely haiku offerings, and why not take part yourself? It’s fun!

 

Even the stars – dVerse Poetics

 

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even the stars

delight in sweet repose

earned from shining all but invisibly

behind clouds hanging heavy

during  long winter’s nights

they mirror our joy

as we dig our toes

deep into sand

 – baked –

under the gaze of sweet summer sun

we sigh as the stars fade in early morn

the pale sky deepening to azure blue

as the sun reaches her zenith

we sigh

the stars rest

as we do


 

Summer has officially begun, and over on dVerse Poetics, Walt (our friendly host this evening) invites us to wax lyrical, inspired by the (hopefully) halcyon days of the warmest weeks and months ahead.

Here in the UK, this season is a mixed blessing, mostly a hoped for thing of long, hot, rain-free days, rather than an actuality! Still, the dark nights are shorter, the light is with us for longer, even if not rain free!

Walt has asked us to take our inspiration from one of the poems and poets he has included in his prompt, or perhaps use one from another dVerse contributor, or another poem/poet entirely. I have taken the line ‘even the stars’ from Kobayashi Issa’s ‘Summer Night’, which Walt shared with us in his prompt.

As always, I invite you to read the offerings from the other members of the dVerse community – and to take part if you feel so inspired! It’s fun, relaxing, and you’ll definitely get a warm welcome!