Saturday, September 20, 2014

Some Can't Afford to Sleep

Nap for Hope
by Rachel Hoyt

image by BimXD via

It comes at you while you're awake -
The American Dream.
Inside your lids, the world looks fake,
Just roses and sunbeams.

With just one nudge, it vanishes,
Engulfed by dollar signs.
The time clock's ticking banishes
The dream for which hope pines.

8 hours for work, 8 hours for rest,
8 hours for your free will?
That's just a goal. (It's not a jest.)
Still, one must pay the bills.

Cherish the moments in between,
When you can nap for hope.
A moment in that serene scene
Will boost your will to cope.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

The lowest paid workers need three to four jobs just to survive.
They can't afford to sleep and live lives busier than a beehive.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Water is On the Black Market

Water Rustlers
by Rachel Hoyt

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The city's their range.
The drops are their gold.
The funnel of change
Is their stout stronghold.

They fight to hydrate
Their people, their land.
They know the flood gates
Are in white gloved hands.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

Water is now such a rare commodity
that the black market wants to bottle a sea.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Is Your Food Drought Tolerant?

Edible Advice
by Rachel Hoyt

Lettuce chop
our water use
eating crops
that don't abuse.

Orange you
a drop concerned?
Corn it be true
all chops are earned?

Olive Earth
is drenched with greed,
suckling since birth
where instinct leads.

Cheese, Louise,
we've chugged and chewed
all we could seize,
all sprouts and spews.

Beef or all
our fruits are dried,
sip a tall
glass of, "I tried."

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

California's almonds have been getting some bad press.
Some make it sound like they're the cause of my state's water mess.
Yet, if most looked at all that they ate and gauged it's water use,

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