A cell phone,
The big flat-screen TV.
The materialistic things in life
That have become so commonplace,
The easy answer for, "what can't you live without?"
Well, I say something else.
I can't live without fresh water-
As a New Yorker on Long Island, I know the best of the best.
And to have anything different just isn't the same.
In my long marathon showers I let it flow,
It rinses down my back and swirls around my drain.
When I am thirsty, it sits right there by the sink, filtered and pure.
And when I'm done, the remains
Swivel and swirl down the drain.
Sometimes you really have to think
Of drought-ridden places with no fresh water to drink,
Or cities in the USA that have lost that right,
Only having dirty sludge to consume.
So the next time I look at my pitcher
That is filled to the brim or easily able to,
I will remember those who are forced to say-
"Water is what I can't live without, but I have to every day."