If you’re not familiar with Blythe Metz and her livestream show Blythe Raw Live I heartily recommend you check it out! She is a vibrant and passionate woman whose Noon O’Clock show covers the range of healthier methods both inside and out, with a focus on utilizing raw ingredients. A few months ago she inspired me to start a mnemonic to drink more water. Every time I see something referencing her on my Google Plus stream I drink water.

Here was the first drink inspired by my "Blythe G+ Mnemonic technique"

Part of the reason for this cross-Country tour is to find and showcase people I feel are passionately and actively rocking out their skills in authentic ways to effect positive change. Blythe does this.

and… this past Friday’s episode of Blythe Raw Live was all to do with my favourite of the elements: Water!

It’s a fine example of the awesomeness that is her show. Vibrant guests passionate about living better choices in practical ways.
Click here to go to that fine episode about glorious hydration 🙂

The episode inspired me to write this post, as well as to dig out one of my older pieces of creative writing. I’ll leave you to enjoy it as I go drink some water.

The Ogden Point Breakwater Lighthouse at Sunset, Victoria BC

Gift of Rain, Cup of Life

Oh gift of rain
Cup of life

From the sky to our lips
Trees drink deep
Searching routes roots shoot to savour

Damp drips in the mossy mushroom festooned
draping of forest old and full

Oh gift of rain
cup of life
fall from above
bestow life

On roofs and roads
Leaves and legs
Washing, wending, descending
by gravity’s constant call

To return to return again
Evapostranspiration calls you up
Precipitation so very precipitous
can bring you down..
Run off now to the sea
Rejoin your vast family
Wherein therein dwell we and she
and he and me.

Conveniently covalently bonded
attract repel chargedly
Universal solvent
I need you.

Where did you come from?
The sea? Look further
The sky? further still…
Water born of stars’ birth
born as outward wind
collides and compresses
heats and emerges transformed.

Such is the reality of water
to nurture and destroy
to bear life and bring death
anew and again and again and again

The means of life
and the greatest active destroyer of it

The nurturing trickle
and the ravenous torrent.

The delicate symmetry of snowflakes
alighting so softly on skin
and the hailstones that hurtle
down to dent cars and skulls.

All life needs water
Where there is life there is water
Where there was life there was water.

People fear and respect fire
which is extinguished by water
The fire quenched while the water evaporates
to condense and fall again.

Neptune, Poseidon, Naiads and Nymphs
Baptism, Purification, Oasis, Paradise.
Water honored and revered
by those that came before.
Those that understood.

Be careful, you who disparage.
Take heed, those who disdain
the rain is life and death.

It is tinkling and crashing on tin
musically falling in still ponds to ripple
Thunderingly carving through rock of ages

Cocky we who hold the hose and claim dominance

Growth and destruction
Respect the rain
Welcome the waves

Be thankful and do not fear
For as much as it is us
more so are we not it?

We follow in the example of water
We nurture and destroy
we foster and create

What we do to the water
We do to ourselves.