BEFORE THERE WAS
There was the cistern.
Well situated near the house
on 19th century farms and homesteads,
the cistern was an essential underground
holding tank for rain and well water,
with a hand crank to dispense
this precious resource.
A good cistern meant the difference
between surviving on a farm
or having to look elsewhere for water.
Many old farms in Missouri
still having working cisterns.
(A precious commodity
for "living on the land.")