The Drama of Soil


There is drama in the soil.

In the garden

tendrils of roots

climbing from tiny seeds

pushing and shoving aside

hard pressed granules of earth

packed by centuries of weight and water

seeking that last drop of moisture

left from last month’s spring shower.

Insects, worms, bacteria, fungi and more,

all vying for the next morsel,

the enzymes of decay

devouring the fallen leaves

in the creation of food for food.

The violent expansions and contractions

that results from changes in temperature

in the passage of days and nights,

summers and winters,

the karmic shifting of tectonic plates,

played out on sunny afternoons beneath our feet,

blurred by our lofty and distant visions,

compressed by our minds into single words,

scrubbed away in the shower,

caught in the push and pull

of life in motion,

in the endless chain

of beginnings, climaxes and endings,

running down the drain.

spinning in space,

just as we are.


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