Greek Springs

 

"Best of things is water," Pindar
  says in what was once famous
As what Lucian called
  "the most beautiful of all lyrics"
And which Aristotle quotes
And wonders if the harder thing
Or easier is better.
He seems to suggest we decide
  by pondering on how much loss we feel
  at the loss of one
Or the other; somewhere Xenophon
  says water is most prized by those
Who lack it. Homer says water's most nourishing:
Clear, light, desirable—and good for treating
Wounds: hot water of good quality. Like Hesiod
Homer prefers the water of springs.
Well, water is important, right enough.
I wrote this all out in a time of drought.

 

Gregory Jerozal