It is a curious element, #water.
It quenches thirst.
It bows the head of fire.
It cools hot feet.
But I can’t quite help seeing
What they saw when looking out to sea
In Indonesia and Sri Lanka,
Echoed later on the eastern shores
Or on a different horrid day
In ancient Crete when the great wave
Left an empire floundering.
Liquid water, snow and steam
(Did you know that water waits for dust
So it can “remember” how to freeze?),
I am a creature made less from the dust of earth
Than from earth’s great waters.
Stuff of life, stuff of rescue,
Stuff of balm, stuff of destruction.