Wednesday, April 08, 2020

We start with a glass of it,
beholding it –
   clear, free of odor
   and taste of anything
   other than itself –
then slip with its flow
into mouth,
over tongue, gums, teeth.

Swallowing,
we work water
down throat to stomach,
to gut, to capillaries
drawing to blood streams,
rushing to heart,
that pumps to brain,
toes and fingertips,
to kidneys and bladder,
to void.

Is it we who take the water
or water that takes us over our days
from start to finish, beginning to end?

Tom Keene