Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday Words...Working for What Is Yours

One drop on wheat corn and dry land
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Ben stood up, rubbing his back and grimacing in pain.  He and his sons had been chiseling through rock hard ground, going on eight hours now. 

The beauty of the landscape had disappeared long ago, leaving desolate what had once been paradise.  As far as the eye could see lay dry dirt.

He swung the pick-ax again and again, another hour then another.

A flicker of dark earth below appeared and he smiled, digging further.  “Keep digging! Boys, keep digging!” Even yet another impending drought and its arid wind could not eliminate the promise of water below.

The deep crater filled with water, rising slowly. Ben leapt into the air, filling it with loud bellows of laughter. “Boys, we hit water!  We’ll start drilling tomorrow!”


Raising his fist and shaking it to the sky, Ben shouted, “Take that, Jerry Brown!  My land has water, and it’s mine!”

In your face!

well water no power
Source: Off the grid news

Delores at  Under the Porch Light provides bloggers with an opportunity to play with six words and create flash fiction, a short story, poetry, etc.  This week Delores delivered two lists of six words each.  Oh, the fun you may have!  Please have a go at this and see what you might create!  By clicking on the voluptuous grapefruit above, you can access her site.



23 comments:

  1. Wow. A subject I'm sure you're dealing with in California. We use wells in my township, but the land is not well friendly. My well is almost a hundred feet deep and pumps seven gallons a minute. A beautiful well, and the best one around. Most pump enough to run a dishwasher once a day, and water is delivered and stored in cisterns.

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    1. Even in the Midwest? We had a well with a pump on the farm. There was a large aquifer that ran the length of our farm land, so we were fortunate.

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  2. A little hard work pays off. Thankfully there is an abundance of water around here

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    1. ...how blessed you are. Some time I will photograph our area to show what California now displays.

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    1. I enjoyed your post with the spring flowing nicely on your land!

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    1. It takes work, but if survival is the goal, then it is worth it.

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  5. So long as that water isn't siphoned off by a neighboring concern.

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    1. Chances are there is an underground river that is accessible for that area...I hope.

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    1. I have wanted to use that phrase meaningfully forever.

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  7. Water. Such a benison. Life giving. More valuable than many of us realise.

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    1. No one gets worried about a drought until water rationing gets really serious.

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    2. Or until they have lived through one.

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    3. "benison" you made me reach for my dictionary, now I know a new word. Thanks.

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    4. I looked it up as well. Well chosen word!

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  8. They say the next world war will be fought over water

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  9. water. Another word for gold.

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    1. In arid countries (esp. in Africa) it certainly is. Some philanthropy organizations have donated time and money to build sustainable wells, which can be maintained.

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  10. I'm happy to say I've contributed to the building of some of those wells, through donations in years past.

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    1. A worthy contribution...from a wise compassionate person.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!