Is this their heartbeat or ours?



Is a river

still a lifesource

if the life there

is disregarded?


The quality of

its content only important

if the stream ends at

a white mouth?


And preservation,

only necessary,

if it ends up in a museum?


Maybe water isn’t an issue

if yours is clean

just how a city doesn’t exist

if you don’t live there

and all lives only matter

when yours isn’t the topic

of conversation




have you ever held your breath

through passing smoke

only to find that three years have gone by

and the air has yet to clear



To have to choose

between dehydration or


says more about a country

than an anthem or

a flag

ever could


the lengths

others have taken

to keep history alive

are almost as remarkable

as our attempts to forget it




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