February 9, 2017
By Krithika Pennathur

I’m thinking about water.
as I hear the advisory,
“contamination in water, stay away.
use bottled water instead.”

I’m thinking about water.
when I am in the motherland
and every 3 days,
water comes in buckets.

I’m thinking about water.
when I hear my friends
and we complain about not having our coffee and tea
and how grumpy we are.

I’m thinking about water.
when I am careful
to close my faucets
and not waste the bucketed water.

I’m thinking about water.
when my parents tell me
having 24 hour water is a luxury
and it’s something i’ll never understand.

I’m thinking about water.
when we are running low on bucketed water.
I don’t even have time to think about coffee.
I think about strategically how I will shower.

I’m thinking about water.
in my two homes.

Krithika Pennathur is a sophomore English Writing (nonfiction track) and History major pursuing minors in Chemistry and Statistics and certificates in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies & Public and Professional Writing at the University of Pittsburgh.