A Questionable Ode to the Purpose of the Fountain

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The fountain – traditionally used for functional purposes such as collecting drinking water or public bathing, but also serves a purpose of providing a beautiful view. Minus all the nude folk and add in the beautiful British gardens and the couples in love frolicking around it.

Sheridan Nurseries has a fountain. Albeit, it is a bit rusty looking. Instead of water it’s full of wild flowers and the fact that it can be easily missed is also another downside in its life cycle…if fountains have life cycles. Which I’m pretty sure, they kind of do, even if it takes centuries.

So what use do we have with it? More importantly, what importance does it serve to the rain garden?

A Questionable Ode to the Purpose of the Fountain

Your cream stone fountain, full of organic matter instead of polar inorganic compounds;

With weeds and wild flowers sprouting instead of water.

What purpose do you possibly serve?

When your purpose is to provide beautiful view;

But instead you have hidden from our sights.

Oh so neglected you are.

Important or just a nuisance?

What use do we have with it?

More importantly what importance does it serve to the rain garden?

So many questions and not many answers.

We wait for the answers of what to do with you;

Like Drake made us wait for views.

Unpolished like old furniture ready to be thrown out?

What purpose to you possibly serve?

 


Visit the Youth Rain Action project page to learn more or contact Emily Dutton at edutton@ecosource.ca.

The Youth Rain Action Project is led by Ecosource in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Burnhamthorpe Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP), and Sheridan Nurseries, and is generously supported by the Government of Ontario’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.