OF WATER

“In time and with water, everything changes.”  Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519

 

What you know of water

Is what we all know of water:

The cool liquid is salvation

On a hot day

When the sun shines too bright;

Or that the sound of it,

Crashing against the beachhead,

Is music for lovers

On the sand–

 

Yes, what you know of water

Is what we all know of water:

That when the cool liquid

Falls from the sky:

The silvery drops, the crystal drops…

When the treasured drops

From God’s own hand

Touch the ground,

They rejuvenate the earth

And enrich the land–

 

But what do I know of water?

I know that when the cool liquid

Pours over my hands—

My dirty hands

My stained hands

My evil hands—

It washes away the blood

It absolves me from my act

It liberates me from my guilt,

From my crime

And it frees me from my sin

COPYRIGHT 2012 © ELIZABETH MICHAUD JOHN.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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