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The liquid of life
  1. Levi Tafari
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    Levi Tafari can be viewed performing this poem on the JECH web site at: http://www.jech.com/misc/poems.shtml with children from Windsor Street School in Liverpool, UK. The Editors would like to thank Windsor Street School and National Museums Liverpool (http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk) for their help with the filming of this performance.

    Nowadays our water
 don’t taste like it oughta
 we have polluted the sea
 and contaminated rivers
 I really think it vital
 for human survival
 to keep water pure and clean
 in a state that is natural.

    A gift from JAH this element
 is something we should treasure
 but man destroys everything
 destruction brings him pleasure
 drink thereof and quench your thirst
 to humans this is natural
 but men abuse the waterways
 and this is suicidal.
 Factories dump toxic waste
 and this is far from clever
 whenever they are confronted
 they will tell you that they never
 pipes are made of lead
 bringing domesticated water
 lead enters the body
 lead is a polluter
 this creates a problem
 and puts you in a trap
 you cannot drink the water
 straight from the tap
 you have to buy bottles
 or use a waterfilter
 but if we cleaned up our act
 it would be much cheaper.
 A family took a bath last week
 their skins turned bright green
 and all that they were doing
 was trying to stay clean
 they all grew very angry
 which was easy to overstand
 being environmentally friendly is one thing
 but turning green is out of hand.
 Cases like this are happening
 all over this land
 polluting water is crazy
 acts like this should be banned
 because I turned my tap on today
 the water was really murky
 and so in the abundance of water
 we could all go thirsty.

    Because…

    Nowadays our water
 don’t taste like it oughta
 we have polluted the sea
 and contaminated rivers
 I really think it vital
 for human survival
 to keep water pure and clean
 in a state that is natural.

    Acknowledgments

    This poem was originally published in Tafari L. Rhyme Don’t Pay. Wirral, UK: Headland Publications, 1993 (available from Headland Publications at 38 York Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 3JF), and is reproduced in the JECH with the author’s permission.

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    • Tafari Poem Collection

      This poem is one of a collection of eight poems by Levi Tafari on environmental health.
      A recording (video and audio) of this and three other poems from the collection are available.

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