1 | Inspiration
Exploring in Words
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is one of the planet's basic natural resources. However, there is
a global water crisis.
for the crisis are complex. Some countries naturally have plenty
of water, others have very little. Rich countries have the ability
to manage and provide water to all their inhabitants, but poorer
countries lack the infrastructure to provide adequate and clean
water to their people. Global warming and climate change are compounding
the problem, making water a key issue for survival.
should have the right to clean water.
management of water resources and regular drought conditions have
put many millions of people at risk of dying. Indeed many millions
do die each year because crops fail, resulting in widespread famine.
and Student Resources for
facts and figures and links to some great websites on water, aid
programmes the impact of politics on access to water...and much
have no friends
have no friends:
do not pity me
or try to sympathize.
We are all in the same dry desert
waiting for the same cloud
that stopped over the sea.
Prayers are personal.
my hands I form a cup
to receive rain,
those transparent grains
You pray for yourself.
We do not have enough words,
our breaths are too short.
recollects only oneself,
a desiccated man deserted by water;
beyond this region nothing matters.
My eyes are dried by the dust;
there is no need for sight.
It's already night
and the rain has not come.
by Mohammad Haji Salleh
A Malaysian writer wrote this poem. It expresses the plight of a
man who is desperate for the rains to come. It conveys the feeling
of a solitary survivor.
through the poem and write down all the emotions, feelings and images
that come to you. Then think about the age of the man, where he
might be and describe the landscape. Does he have children, what
might he be thinking, when was the last time he saw rain, what does
the air feel like?
the words you have written down, either
a poem or
the words to make the outline of the word "water." E.g.:
***..... ***.... *******..... ******.... .******
..***. *. *** ....**.. **.... .***..........****.........****
....** ....** .....** .....** ...***.........******......**...**
A T E R)
Or you could try the words THIRST, or DESPAIR.
Letter to a friend
through the poem, then discuss the sort of friends the writer might
like to have. If the writer could have whatever friends he wanted,
who might they be? [E.g., a water engineer, politician with the United
Nations, politician in the poet's government, charity fund raiser,
they help him?
would they come from: his own country, Malaysia, or another country?
of the "friend" who might best be able to help the poet.
You might want to get ideas from the Student
your ideas to write a letter to the "friend" you have
the poet's desperate situation.
for help on his behalf. Say what sort of help is needed.
use facts and feeling in your letter to persuade the "friend"