Water and the Word: Hydrate



Deep in the woods, 

where human footprints 

are likely scarce, 

there is a pool of cool, 

crystal clear water. 


Like an oasis, 

animal species 

of many kinds 

trek there daily 

to refresh themselves 

in a process science 

has taught us 

to call hydration. 


Have you ever thought 

of this word’s root? 

Hydra — water. 


To me, 

it means something like, 

“to become one 

with the water.” 


Wherever you live — 

village, town, city, metropolis, 

or somewhere in-between — 

life is elevated to another level — 

your life and your neighbor’s — 

when we all find easier 

and more healthful ways 

to become one with the water. 


Hydrate, dear ones, hydrate. 

It is our path to hope.


© 2020 Todd Jenkins

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