The A1 Verse: Water, water, every where

By Thomas Gaulkin | August 24, 2021

flood water sign (Pixabay)

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred August 24, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


Tennesseans in Anguish as Flood Tears Homes and Friends Away

(from the original by Rick Rojas, Winston Choi-Schagrin and Tariro Mzezewa)

waters rising rapidly
the raft hit a tree 
split in two
 
the scale of the emergency 
we see with frequency
in science
 
extraordinary
how heavy 
the water


As the coronavirus crisis shows, we need science now more than ever.

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