Safe Drinking Water
Stop, Don’t Go ahead,
drink the water from that well. drink the water from that well.
Don’t put that water It’s perfectly safe
in a pitcher. to put in your pitcher.
Those bubbles Those bubbles of gas
are not just air boiling up
boiling up — won’t kill you
Full of frick and frack make your hair fall out
Watch: it lights on fire. crack your skin in rash.
Don’t drink Go ahead, drink
that brownish-brackish the yellow water
foul and murky with frick and frack seeping in —
migraine water. Your health problems
Let the well sit Must be caused
idle by something else.
and buy your water, bottled. Me?
No thanks, I’m not thirsty.
By Jennifer Sanders