Do not waste

Do not waste 
The food on your plate
Never mind
It adds
To your obesity
Why not train
To take
On their plate
They can
Always take
A second helping
Children told 
Not to waste 
While brushing teeth
On the tap
When you need
For a bath
Use a bucket
Do not shower
Do not waste
We feel good
We’re doing
Our bit
What about
The water 
That flows
In the city
Into the drains
Into the sea
The miniscule
Is harvested
Flows into wells 
Or tanks
The rest
Then in the mountains 
The source oh the water
No tanks built
To contain it
So the water
Down the slopes
Into the sea
The mountain
High and dry
And the people 
What about
The compounds
Made of concrete
Not letting
The water seep
How many buildings 
The water
How many
Let go
The drains 
And flooding
The streets
A few
They have
To store the water
That falls 
On their terraces
The pretty plants
In the compound
In the little
Mud we have
Not yielding fruit
Or vegetable
Couldn’t we
Use that space
For ourselves 
Our kitchen
They will steal
They will take
The fruit 
Of our labour
Does it matter
Let someone 
That’s what
My mother said
When she
Her papaya
The water flowing
From the overflow 
Of the tank
Watering it
In fertile mud
The watchmen
They are happy
To get
Organic fruit
Nature’s given
The fertile mud
The flowing water
She says
Do not waste


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