Triolets* on Source

They rose to carry water every day.
The danger was to live too near the source.
Water was life, and life was all, and they...
They rose to carry water every day.
The source was tainted fatally, and their stay
Diminished. They didn't die at once, of course.
They rose to carry water every day.
The danger is to live so near the source.

The poison, they believed, was life itself. To live
Was evil. So they sanctified the source.
Blaming themselves, an easier lie to give,
They thought the poison life itself, to live.
They washed in waters daily to reprieve
The taint, drank deeper, carried more...and worse,
Believed the poison was to live,
Allowed themselves to sanctify the source.

Beside the source they raised a simple shrine
And waited for an end they well deserved.
They watched the moving waters for a sign.
Beside the source, beside the simple shrine,
They weakened, waiting proof of some design.
Their weakness was the only proof observed.
Kneeling beside the source and simple shrine,
They waited for an end they well deserved.


                            *
Triolet: An eight line verse form rhyming abaaabab
                              in which lines 1, 4, and 7 are identical, as
                              are 2 and 8.