To Water

Well, we’ve just got done with Robbie Burns Day, a celebration of the famous Scottish poet’s birthday. While some of you readers are recovering from excessive haggis intake, I’d like to remind you of two of the many poems he wrote: To a Mouse and To a Louse.

Robbie Burns’ poems begin very down to earth and then leap up into the heights of reflection. Since a poet of his stature found it seemly to write lofty poems about humble topics, I thought I would try writing a poem as well. Mine is free verse and nothing rhymes and no one can stop me now.

In deciding what topic or thing or element to honor with a poem, I looked around to see what was common to all our lives, what I (and maybe most of us) overlook, and yet, if I (we) reflected on it for a moment, would say: ‘Oh, what a good thing for all the world that this excellent thing exists. Now I appreciate it more than ever.’ Which I’ll bet Robbie’s 18th Century audience never said about the mouse or the louse. Anyway, here it is:

To Water

Ah, what clear and cool liquid you are as you pour from the tap

Millions of beings on our beautiful planet long to hold out their hands to you, scoop you up, nestle you in the palms of their cupped hands and kiss you

You who are sacred

You who are everywhere—so everywhere that people forget who you are and think you will always be there, fresh and clean and pure

How beautiful you are to swim through, your touch gentle on my skin as you let me pass by

O Water… thank you for your healing presence and your clear and simple essence

Without you, we would be nothing.

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Note: if you would like to join me in supporting successful efforts for more people to have access to clean water, take a look at Matt Damon’s interview on water (CNBC) in October 2012. He is a co-founder of

Theresa Scott is a writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest where a lot of water pours from the sky. You can read more of her writing at

8 responses to “To Water

  1. Love the poem and the subject. We do take things that we’ve always had for granted. Thanks for the reminder of how fortunate I am to have fresh clean water in abundance.

  2. I love this poem. Well done there, Theresa. Also, I recently saw a blurb on TV about Matt Damon’s charity and thought it was a cool thing to be part of. Of course, I think I’d like anything he got involved in. 🙂

  3. Yes, I was astonished to come across that link after I’d written the poem on water. I thought it was so timely, I just had to include it in my blog. I find it inspiring of Matt Damon and the others who are helping him get cleaner water for people. Part I is where we understand that clean water is an awesome thing to have, and Part II is where we do something about it. I usually fall down on Part II. 🙂

  4. It’s a great cause, Theresa.

  5. What a lovely poem on something many of us take for granted. Certainly a great cause. Thanks for reminding us all, especially here in the UK where we have it coming out of our ears lately with all the rain. We’re the lucky ones. Many in this world are not.

  6. Loved the poem and thanks for a really thought-provoking post. The things we tend to take for granted are almost always the most precious.

  7. Thank you for your kind encouragement.

  8. The poem is amazing. What a nice tribute to one of my favorite things- water. Life giving force for sure. Keep up the poetry. You have a knack for it.

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