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Water Rights

November 4, 2013

Water Rights

The rich had plumbing,
the poor had wells,
the wretched only cisterns
and the rain’s mercy.

Our well was a ceramic pipe
thrust up through the back porch
floor, going down
to the sweet water hole
with an aluminum dipper contraption
that caught water
like mice in a trap.

I was proud of it.
The really poor
had to go outside.

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