UNDER PRESSURE

 

 

                                                            every valve
                                                            leaks a little
                                                            there is no

                                                            stopping the flow.
                                                            – Gary Snyder (“Fixing the System”)

I worried once
about wasting water,

                              steady drip

at the trough,
at the hose bib,
at the gate valve

                              green year-round

gathering tree frogs,
snakes and cottontails.

 

Raining crystal drops
rising with Greenheads
from the tailwater
of the irrigated pasture

               on a Sabbath
               with my father
               instead of church:

he spoke into the clouds.

 

               With the gravity
               that holds us close
               to this earth,

                              always a little
                              leaks by
                              to remind us.

 

3 responses to “UNDER PRESSURE

  1. Well, John, I think this says it about as well as it can be said. Thanks.

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  2. Love this, even as it challenges! Your poetry first offers and then raises the bar, inviting us to stretch, to expand our awareness and understanding— to change, to become more sentient beings. I hope your class at Elko gets this!! Have a great week!

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