April 2, 2019


What if you had to walk a mile for that glass of cold wonderful water…and when you finally got it, the water was warm, muddy, and with weird things floating in it?  Yuck!

Over a billion people on our earth spend most of their day walking for water.  Some, especially girls, may spend their entire life walking for water.

Add up all the miles women and children in South Africa walk

For water.

Every day.

Sixteen trips to the moon and back,

Every day,

For water.

—Nancy Bo Flood from Water Runs Through This Book

We need water. We are water. Over 70% of our bodies and our brains are water! Water is life. Not only to keep our brains alive, but also our world, maybe even other planets in this universe. Water gives us a sense of wonder, peace, and pleasure.

The  Waves  Continue

Me, on my little boat of beach,

Watch the sea

Waves continue

Spilling color

Spilling song

Curl, crash, collapse,

Kiss the shore

My footsteps wash away, disappear,

The waves continue


Sit somewhere outside, anywhere. Breathe, listen, feel. Close your eyes for a minute. Open them. Write down what you saw, heard, felt, thought. Keep writing until you empty your head out onto the page. Use these sensory words and your thoughts. Write a poem.

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...