A Drink of Water

When my nineteen-year-old son turns on the kitchen tap
and leans down over the sink and tilts his head sideways
to drink directly from the stream of cool water,
I think of my older brother, now almost ten years gone,
who used to do the same thing at that age;

and when he lifts his head back up and, satisfied,
wipes the water dripping from his cheek
with his shirtsleeve, it’s the same casual gesture
my brother used to make; and I don’t tell him
to use a glass, the way our father told my brother,

because I like remembering my brother
when he was young, decades before anything
went wrong, and I like the way my son
becomes a little more my brother for a moment
through this small habit born of a simple need,

which, natural and unprompted, ties them together
across the bounds of death, and across time …
as if the clear stream flowed between two worlds
and entered this one through the kitchen faucet,
my son and brother drinking the same water.

– Jeffrey Harrison

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16 Comments on “A Drink of Water”

  1. CeeJayKay says:

    Cherished moments in time x

  2. Maia says:

    There’s a quote from a movie… and I couldn’t find enough words to say more about it. Then came this poem… and it has found its home.

    If we have souls, they’re made of the love we share;
    Undimmed by time,
    Unbound by death.

    Thank you! =)

    • CultFit says:

      This poem, stopped me right in my tracks the moment I read it. If you have a moment, read it aloud and feel how dense and purposeful the words truly are 🙂

      • katelon says:

        My brother’s soul actually inhabited my son’s body from age 14 months until age 21. During that time many of his behaviors were carried out in my son’s body and my son’s shape was my brothers. After my brother left my son’s body, he broke up in a rash all over his body, slept for 3 days and then his body starting changing to look more like his Father’s body. So I relate to the poem a lot.

  3. 5h2o says:

    Wow. Really wonderful. Love the use of water as the link — a great metaphor.

    • CultFit says:

      Jeffrey Harrison has the remarkable ability to make simple, every day words, dense with meaning and purpose. He is truly a wonderful poet 🙂

  4. elmediat says:

    Beautiful effective composition.

  5. claire says:

    beautiful thought and memory droplet!


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