southern california

for years

i have lived
in a desert

where giant pipes
bring in water from
distant rivers

while our own rivers
evaporate from banks
paved with concrete

where water is poured into
patches of green grass
that we prefer
no one step on

where i was taught
to take care
never to piss near a stream
in the wilderness

and to always
shit in water
in the city

this
is civilization?

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