Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – “Soil Poetics” (posted by Bjorn)
“Soil gives grain for bread, but when the weather fails we die of hunger.
Soil is friend and foe. There are many synonyms for soil: mulch and compost, dirt and grime, earth and ground all reflect the soil and various values we attribute to its worth.
Soil can be metaphors for land and country, for home and nations. For war and peace and for the roots of trees.
Taste the soil or bite the dust, bring me poetry from what you sense in soil.
Be gravedigger or gardener, be soil of your origin and dig it deep.”
Kids are often cautioned,
‘don’t soil your clothes’.
Honest laborers work
the soil, their earth-stained
hands and clothing give us
food, beautiful landscapes,
and a ground to rest on.
Soiled clothing seems
a paltry price to pay.