Robert banks foster ≈ Water Sequence

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WATER SEQUENCE

Water is the healing place.” Maud Barlow

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We lose the stream

and about a billion people around the world routinely drink unhealthy water.

Holding to life by our fingertips

facing each other without water

water “privatization” is a global experiment.

Ice is the foundation of lives.

Blowing high cloud below the moon

I could not sleep for the song.

Old roots melt snow drinking first

the golden ripple dollars.

The corporate state has nothing to offer but fear.

But indeed I am mostly water

rainbows’ end,

water running down amid the rising land.

Though there is water inside

and the sea is here now,

the steady barrage of illusions

and what is outside you

sells your life.

Resource war in the 21st century.

A lot of people have lost confidence in the water itself.

Santa Claus, a man with a whip, “Here. Have a drink.”

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2

It all goes into the clouds.

We don’t get to the unknown spring.

Drinking the ocean, sliding on the ocean

in and out in my childhood

identity now through products

all end up in the ocean

trading in these rights to pollute

every rain spout tied to the water works

unable to see our reflection.

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3

Faith in the marketplace replaces many faiths.

All tears collected

the rushing river hits the rocks.

BP and Shell had meetings with government officials

in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

The rain on the roof sold back to you.

Water lensing the stones it covers flowing.

Clouds above and below the shore.

Faith in the marketplace replaces many faiths.

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If water were ours to do with what we will.

Grassroots, coalface, and fence line struggles

facing each other without water

reflect the gap in the mountains

that grief and shame will always disturb

depths of pond and stream.

The water in bodies collected, distilled, and bottled.

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I wake at dawn set up for dictatorship.

Two rainbows or two reflections side by side

are banished as heretics . . .

though ice is the foundation of their lives.

Leave fossil fuels in the ground.

Oil troubles the living stream

waiting for heat to come more than heat that is.

Water inside

rain inside the valley coming at us

comforts in the night.

All the dawn red snow in water

courses in my mother’s dreams of drowning

that there was nothing to be done.

We lose the stream unless all drops gather.

Never-the-less, the difference between

what is outside you giving life

and water as the healing place

and what is outside you selling you life

all ends up in the ocean.

Water is the healing place.

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One thought on “Robert banks foster ≈ Water Sequence

  1. daen says:

    Two rainbows or two reflections side by side
    are banished as heretics . . .
    though ice is the foundation of their lives. i so enjoyed your work…and absolutely..

    water heals……beautiful beautiful pieces….thanks for this

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