How to Treat Water

Store in a 
copper basin 

with tulips or 
rose petals, 

under a 
salt lamp. 

Pray over 
and be kind to it. 

Play Mozart and
Chopin for it.

Let it know you
as a friend, and 

always, always
say thank you. 

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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