Civilization


Clear water flows this morning, as usual

As I assumed it would this morning, as usual.


Reached for it without a passing thought 

For the filters, pumps and pipes

Hidden below the streets and in the forests

Or the unseen fabric of systems, men working

Keeping it clean working

Keeping it clean flowing, healthy

Keeping it clean, cool

Keeping me cool, healthy.


The flow and fabric of our days, free

Spontaneous, natural, we assume, as usual.

It isn't.

 © Philip Knight 2018