Y8 – 20/01/17

Due: 25/01 (Issued: 20/01)

Title: A Blessing of a Rewrite

Task: How does the poet use language and structure to present how important water is to the people in this community?


  • 2 full PEA paragraphs of analysis on the “importance of water to this community”
  • Writer inference
  • Reader reaction


The skin cracks like a pod.
There is never enough water.

Imagine the drip of it,
the small splash, echo
in a tin mug,
the voice of a kindly god.

Sometimes, the sudden rush
of fortune. The municipal pipe bursts,
silver crashes to the ground
and the flow has found
a roar of tongues. From the huts,
a congregation: every man woman
child for streets around
butts in, with pots,
brass, copper, aluminium,
plastic buckets,
frantic hands,

and naked children
screaming in the liquid sun,
their highlights polished to perfection,
flashing light,
as the blessing sings
over their small bones.

Sentence Starters

P) The poet describes the water’s importance to this community through/by…

E) One example of this may be found in the line “…”

I) The noun/verb/adjective/adverb (phrase) “_____” means/refers to…

W) The writer is inferring/suggesting/signifying… because…

R) The reader imagines/thinks/feels… because…

L) This is further supported by / revealed through… / developed by…