Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday Challenge -- A Quatern

..................The Drink 

Don't drink the water it can kill
Beware where you dip, one small sip
can lead to death or make you blind
Pour it down the sink don't you drink 

Boil it to make sure. Be safe or
don't drink the water it may kill
Sparkle chemicals can infuse
Chemicals can kill on their own 

The spring may be safe, cool and clear
Or bathing spot for animals
Don't drink the water it might kill
You bathe with soap, won't help a lot 

Buy your drink from the grocery store
Pure, spring, distilled, it matters much
whence it came. Check its source, beware
Don't drink the water it will kill

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Photos and poem Copyright © 2014 Jimmiehov. All Rights Reserved

Today I am linked with the Real Toads, Sunday Form Challenge ~ Quatern 
That was yesterday, a Sunday.  The link still words but 
today, Monday, I'm linked with Real Toads, Open Monday.  They are different links.

1.  At the above link, Kerry challenged us to write a Quatern.  This is my attempt.  She said,
"A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle, which repeats line 4 as a refrain throughout the poem. However, with the Quatern, the refrain is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme."

2. I found this sign Thursday when I played golf at our local Panorama Village Country Club. Note how our freeze (just one) this year put the grass into dormancy. For sure I wouldn't lick my ball for good luck knowing where their irrigation water came from. When the grass returns it is a very pretty course.

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At Sunday, February 16, 2014 9:17:00 PM, Blogger humbird said...

Thanks for warning! ~ Great week to you!

At Sunday, February 16, 2014 9:46:00 PM, Blogger Marian said...

argh. argh!

At Monday, February 17, 2014 8:35:00 AM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

I am rather bemused by the sign. One must wash one's hands after touching the water...wash them in what?

I think your poem has highlighted a problem which is becoming more widespread as natural water sources become contaminated and scarcity drives communities to recycle sewerage.

At Monday, February 17, 2014 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Grace said...

How does recycled water taste like??? I marvel that we can drink water from the tap here ~

At Monday, February 17, 2014 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Well captured in a compelling rhythm! Won't be long now before this most essential of compounds is nowhere free.

At Monday, February 17, 2014 12:57:00 PM, Blogger revelations said...

you struck a theme that sits in the background and doesn't get the attention it deserves... water will become the next gold like commodity...

At Monday, February 17, 2014 3:02:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Water, we must have it to live. There are so many fights brewing in Texas over water rights...scary to know clean water may become too expensive and scarce to drink

At Monday, February 17, 2014 3:56:00 PM, Blogger Margaret said...

A long time ago, I almost bought a house near a golf course. I grew up fairly close to one. I would NEVER do so now, far too afraid of the chemicals and run off. Nicely done

At Monday, February 17, 2014 7:46:00 PM, Blogger kaykuala said...

Water can ostensibly be seen as clean. One just never know! True enough Dr Jim! The danger is that one tends to dismiss little distractions and take water as clean as it looks! Great thoughts!



At Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:11:00 AM, Blogger Sue Seibert said...

Good warning, Jim!!

At Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shame when we have to be fearful of the water.

At Sunday, February 23, 2014 7:59:00 AM, Blogger audrey` said...

Bottled water is the best advice for a holiday, Dr Jim :)


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