#WorldWaterDay – Every Drop Counts

EVERY DROP COUNTS

The lips of children are parched

India is parched

Water that is part of us

Is still scarce for drinking

Children walk barefoot

Across the desert than India has become

Searching for water

Sadly, unlike camels

The children couldn’t take back gallons of water

Yet they carried vessels filled with water

The children praying earnestly

That their moving bodies

Doesn’t displace the water of their vessels

For it is like blood spilled on a battle field

Every drop counts

 

The weather so hot and humid

The children no longer have tears or saliva

Alas swallowing saliva had been

The closest to water

Now they were parched

Urban cities have water flowing abundantly

Even wastefully in ‘fountains’ and ‘water slides’

What these children yearn to drink

Is wasted and splashed for fun

For it is only in absence

That the value is known.

Children they are so different

Some blessed with never ending stream of water

Others walking with scorched feet

 

It is in this time

One must give and support

Learn and preserve what water that is left

While saving water in urban areas

Does not directly equate to water for the parched

It is the saving of water

That will save childhoods from the drought

To take and share

To conserve and relish.

 

Nandhitha Babuji is a 18-year-old aspiring poet from Tamil Nadu, passionate about using her words to show solidarity against children’s issues.

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