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Poem: Tainted Water

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Poem Summary

Tainted water is a poem about him waking up not feeling good. He fears he is getting Covid-19 but he has not left his house. Then he remembers an article he read. He conjures up fears that the virus could be tainting the water.

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Tainted Water

A sudden hacking sound

wakes him up in the middle of the night

feeling a dull steady ache over every inch of his body.


His eyes are watery

with stuffy nasal passages,

a mild sore throat

which makes him fear the worse.


He’s drawing a blank

lost in this reasoning,

sitting at home was supposed to be safe

now there is no where left to hide.


He remembers reading

the city is testing wastewater,

sending his thoughts on overdrive,

conjuring up visions of the virus winning the war

against the chemicals.


If the reservoirs are toxic

the whole town is infected,

no mask can defend them

from the water supply system.

Does Not Represent the Truth

The scenario portrayed inside this poem is by no means the truth. It is only a picture of one's vivid imagination.

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