Hetch Hetchy



This poem first appeared in Aqueous Magazine in January 2015.


Hetch Hetchy

There are two signs on

The towel rack.

One says, “cozy” and explains that

The towel rack

Heats your towels.


It’s next to the switch

That fires up

The electricity to the towel rack.

That fires up

The coal fired power plant.


The power plant

Sends up the gas.

Is the drought because the power plant

Sends up the gas?

Either way, there’s a drought.


I looked down through that gas at the

Hetch Hetchy reservoir.

White bathtub rings surround the low

Hetch Hetchy reservoir

Because of the drought.


The second sign on

The towel rack

Says they won’t launder what’s on

The towel rack.

Only what they find on the floor.


All the water in the city comes from

The Hetch Hetchy.

They’re conserving water from

The Hetch Hetchy.

They hope you won’t mind.


Enjoy your hot towels.


— Eric Chandler



About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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