“I thirst!” Jesus cried from the cross,
while thirst proved the undoing of many American pioneers
crossing the plains and desert, where there were no rivers
to provide water for themselves and their livestock;
Our bodies, seventy percent water, are in constant need
But we can thirst in other ways as well;
A never-ending thirst for knowledge,
A constant thirst to learn;
There is thirst for love and companionship
and for some, the thirst for power or fame.
Here in the Desert, it is amazing how quickly
dry plots of land respond to rain or watering.
When watering the front lawn
dozens of birds cluster around
hoping for a drink or to fluff their feathers
in the sprinklers;
Water: the most essential element to human beings,
From lakes and rivers, creeks and streams to our oceans.
Thirst: we were born with it and the need to satisfy that yearning.
Sandra Lee Smith
Originally posted October 6, 2009,
Updated August 12, 2018