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Water poetry

11 May 2011

A poem that is on the inside of the paperback of one of WASMO’s information books:¨

“Ode, On the General Subject of Water”
Water is far from a simple commodity,
Water’s a sociological oddity,
Water’s a pasture for science to forage in,
Water’s a mark of our dubious origin,
Water’s a link with a distant futurity,
Water’s a symbol of ritual purity.

Water is politics, Water’s religion,
Water is just about anyone’s pigeon.
Water is frightening, water’s endearing,
Water’s a lot more than mere engineering.
Water is tragical, water is comical,
Water is far from Pure Economical,
So studies of water, though free from aridity
Are apt to produce a good deal of turbidity.
– Kenneth Boulding; Feather River Anthology

I just hope it’s possible to overcome that turbidity.

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