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Sweet Water: Treasure

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Treasure

 

Listen

Water is a universal treasure for life

We drink, wash,

We exploit its abundance

Relax and feel its flow

For our daily chores

Sweat cascading in droplets as we work

It comes from far away

From high above

Travelling distances – miles upon miles

Soul searching for sustenance

Bringing with it the gift of life

Spreading smiles on weary faces

Gently runs through gullies

Into tributaries, into steams and rivers

Water is the soul, pure and crystal clear

Gem of the world

 

Ibrahim

 

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Sweet Water: Fetching the Water

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Fetching the Water

 

Some get their water from turning the tap to the right

Others get water by walking in the blazing heat

 

Some must get their water by hard work and effort

Others get their water without a thought

 

Some get their water when it falls from the sky

Others bring water from a stream on a donkey

 

Some get their water from the river or the lake

Others buy their water bottled in plastic

 

Some get their water by just pressing a shower button

Others buy their water by a barrelful from a wagon

 

Some get their water from buckets filled by the rain

Others get their water from the pipes in their home

 

Some get their water by chance from a rain dance

Others sip at water droplets left upon the leaves

 

Some draw their water from the village pump

Others get their water from a nearby shop

 

Some get their water by digging a deep well

Others get their water by distilling the ocean

 

Some get their water from a mountain spring

Others get their water by walking and walking and walking

 

 

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Sweet Water: Fluid Connections

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Fluid Connections

 

Water connects me to all my neighbours across the world

Water links the cells in my body so I can breath

Water connects one shore to the other

 

Water joins the forces in nature to bring about life

Water connects me and my friends

Water marries my life with those who came before me

 

Water links high mountains to low deltas

Water connects life to death

Water joins tree roots to canopy leaves

 

Water connects Africa to Europe

Water marries laughter and sorrow

Water connects the plains and the mountains

 

Water marries men and women

Water links minerals and soil

Water transforms strangers into friends

 

Water links health to happiness

Water joins mountain and river

Water links one city to another city

 

Water marries souls to spirits

Water joins beginnings to endings

Water marries all humans to the planet

 

 

Group Poem

 

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Sweet Water: Flowing Water

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Flowing Water

 

Pouring water makes a churning noise

Rumbling, cascading down a slope

Water in a glass forms little bubbles, smiling

Winding down a tunnel into droplets

Water runs steadily like peace

A universal treasure for life

 

Ibrahim

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Sweet Water: Myth

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Myth

 

The tree lady lives by the river

But the sun makes the river run dry

The tree lady lifts her hands to the sky

Help, bring rain, the tree lady cries

 

God spoke to Noah, told him to warn the people

That God would send rain as punishment

To the people who did not respect him

And the rains came and drowned their sins

 

Margrit

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Sweet Water: Vision

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Vision

 

It is early morning, still dark yet the sounds of the day beginning can be heard all around. There is a fresh breeze so I put my hands in my pockets. I watch as capable men deftly prepare the boat, loading everything we will need for the next ten weeks.

 

We are ready. We wade into the water and clamber into the boat and we are afloat. The sail unfolds. Now everything is silent, just the wind whispering in my ears. I close my eyes and a lady appears to rise at the bow of the boat. She sparkles like the sun glittering on water. The lady looks over the boat and back to the bay, silent, but I know she is here to protect us.

 

When my feet touch the sand I look back to thank our protector but all I can see is are the waves lapping on the beach.

 

Amanda Martin

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Sweet Water: Memory

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Memory

 

I had my baptism in a big river in Congo

The river Chopo Tshopo is a wide river

It was a very hot day and ten people

Were baptised with me by my Pastor

Before we sank into the river water

We all spoke to god about our problems

The currents washed them all away.

 

Margrit

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Sweet Water: Waves of Wisdom

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Waves of Wisdom

 

Children, we should be careful with our water

not everyone is lucky enough to have clean

safe water that pours straight out of a tap.

 

Children, we shouldn’t waste water,

because there isn’t enough of it to go around

don’t run the tap while you brush your teeth

 

Children, don’t collect rainwater in a leaky bucket

don’t let the pure liquid swill away without use

the plants in your garden don’t need the freshest water

 

Children, this water could save a life –

it could be mine or it could be yours

please keep it safe and clean

 

 

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