as the bathtub drains
I lay my head
under the water line
steadily my skin exposed
readily my skin, the tingling
of those first water drops evolves
in a creeping raw itch
a weeping glitch

is this how it feels Mother?
when we deplete an aquifer
pumping water until the sand is dry
melt another glacier
expose a scarred earth
evaporate the last drop of soil moisture
this barren land
creeping raw itching
is this how we made your skin


Credits to our bathtub and the song “Skin on the Drum” by Michael Franti & Spearhead released April 2001.