'Drip, Sip, Drop, Plop' by Stan Usovicz

A constantly delivering poet to The Tribe's Creative Writing section, Stan Usovicz sent us his poem Drop, Sip, Drop, Plop - a poignant, emotional and thought-provoking plea from its author for not only safe, clean and accessible water for all, but for those with the privilege of access to clean water to reduce its wastage. This poem encourages us to think about what we consider privileges and draws us to uncomfortable and unsettling areas of both the world and our own thoughts that we choose to ignore. Thank you for your poem Stan!  Drip, Sip, Drop, PlopWe don’t even think when we leave on the sinkDrips hit the basin with a resounding, “plink”Drip, Sip, Drop, Plop, - Makes you thinkOur toilet water is better than what some people drinkPlants, animals, and the smallest cells have the same conditionGrowth and survival innately depend on nutritionDrip, Sip, Drop, Plop- ListenAll life would stop if hydration were deficientMaybe if all people of all nations would listenMaybe if the people on vacation would listenMaybe if those in high paid positions,Would take their mind off profit acquisitionWe could improve our current conditionWe’ve taken a basic human need and made it a commodityMeaning a man can sit outside a store and pleadFor a resource, which of course, he needs desperatelyBut will go without because he can’t afford the feeAt some point we have to stop and question-Is human life an important investment?Drip, Sip, Drop, Plop – Do I need to mentionThat capitalism doesn’t always have best intentions?It’s not a question of politics or profitsIt’s a choice of economics vs. coffinsDrip, Sip, Drop, Plop- Stop itNext hour long shower, you might put some thought inEight hundred million people desperately need itIt’s caused more deaths than wars and airborne diseasesDrip, Sip, Drop, Plop- pleaseOpen your eyes before our water depletesIf you are a son, daughter, or citizen of earthIf you recognize that human life has its worthIf you want to stop something bad getting worseRemember thatDrip,Sip,Drop,PlopThat some people have never heard.  Stan Usovicz