Natural Spring Water
in a bottle, headed straight
for a landfill to store dirt
for the next thousand years
What a grand accomplishment—
the very bottle I drank from
(me and not some king)
will outlast many of man’s great
monuments to himself. I’ll be dead,
buried, and decomposed before
the bottle even blushes.
Someday, someone might visit
a local landfill and say,
“This is a bottle Brian Jaeger
drank from.” And then DNA
tests could prove the theory.
And a thousand years from now,
as that bottle is on its last leg, someone
might save it from oblivion and
add it to a museum’s collection of
important artifacts for all the
world to see. I stand in
awe of the plastic natural spring water