Bri Edwards


Governor Brown’s 20% ….. [Drought/Water Conservation; California; Personal; Humor; VERY SHORT]


California’s governor, in the third winter of this state’s drought,
has asked citizens to 1/5 of “your water use cut out.”
I’d already cut down my use of water from …..”not much” to “less”.
I’d urged my wife to do the same, which upset her, ….. I do confess.

Oh, she’d done some cutting back, but recently she did backslide.
If I told her again to not water her plants, she surely would have cried!
NOW, in daylight, I sometimes quietly pee behind an outdoor bush,
and, after dark, through the railing of our deck, my little pee-thing I do push.

Submitted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Edited: Monday, April 14, 2014

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yeah, if it isn't one thing, it's another. the world is falling apart at the seams. in some parts of the world people are lucky if they have food, clothing, and shelter [or so i've read]. here in the good old u.s.a. some people are also needy, but i think just about everyone here is used to easy access to clean unlimited (almost) amounts of water. well, that kind of thinking 'needs' to change. it is like people who say 'i'm only going to drive ten miles each way to get to walmart to buy a 5 pound apple pie for the party; it won't use up much gas/won't cause too much air pollution/etc.'.

so some will say to governor brown 'why shouldn't i have a bath every night and wash the car every week? at least WE don't fill a big swimming pool like our neighbors do! ' : ( bri

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  • Danny Draper (4/21/2014 4:17:00 AM)

    As there is a finite amount of water on the heating planet Earth and ever more humans, even the first world has to make sacrifices during drought. Your conversational style was much appreciated. (Report) Reply

  • John Westlake (4/15/2014 5:07:00 AM)

    Nice use of satire to make me smile. This Governor Brown seems like an idiot. You can bet that he's asking everyone to cut down on water and he himself is not. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (4/14/2014 11:07:00 PM)

    When art is for life and not merely for art, fun and satire, are one of the strongest devices of social control and make a poem or a work of art, a reforming beauty. Your poem is a reforming beauty. I am a Pakistani, badly affected by shortage of energy and water. I watched a few pictures presenting various great cities of the world. by night. The last of this series was Karachi by night, and it was dark in toto, there was nothing to watch. (Report) Reply

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