Monday, October 22, 2007

Ode to the Stream

The fair fountain flows not.
Forgotten, fallow and forlorn,
A thirst to quench it knows not where.
Parched lips pass by unaware
Of the purpose for which it was born.
Too common, with contagion in the air.

Seriously, does anybody use these things anymore?
Recently at work I had one removed because it was being used as a planter. It was easy to water the plant, but it was ugly. It had no avant-garde artfulness. It was just tacky.
At school, there would be a line for the water fountain between classes. They used to be a common sight in department stores and other public places. I pass by this one on a daily basis and I have never seen anyone use it.

I checked, just to make sure it works. The drain pan was literally dusty.
The drinking fountain: a monument to a simpler, more trusting time.
Keep 'em slupring.

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