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WATER

We created
Riparian rights,
Division of rivers,
Water wars.
Yet water is not partial,
To age, color or gender,
social status or religion
Egoless, flows downward
Touches our feet, in veneration.
Calms our nerves, quenches thirst.
Water teaches civilization.

Jang Bahadur Singh  57, Kent

Translated from Punjabi by the poet

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FIRST POEM I was about 8. I wrote small rhymed poems on rainbows, butterflies, and kite-flying.
EARLY WATER MEMORY Taking a bath in river with buffalo.
WATER TAP USE Drinking, bathing, washing, cooking, mopping floors, flushing toilets, watering plants.

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