Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #63, “Feel The Earth Move” (posted by Kim)
“The Oxford English Dictionary has a range of definitions for the word ‘earth’ (from the Old English eorðan), as well as interesting phrases and compound words. I’d like to share some of them:
-The ground considered simply as a solid stratum or surface on which human beings, animals, and things associated with them rest or move.
-The world considered as the dwelling place of humans.
-The soil as suitable for cultivation.
-The ground considered as a place for burying the dead.
-An animal’s dwelling or hiding place; the hole or lair of a burrowing mammal, esp. a fox or badger.
-Clay used for making pottery.
We might go to the ends of the earth; something can cost the earth; we can be the salt of the earth or go from earth to earth; try to move heaven and earth; run or go to earth; be down to earth or come to earth with a bang; and even feel the earth move!”
Rich as the earth beneath us
feels, she can rumble, quake,
shake buildings, create
sinkholes, and become
sere and cracked with thirst.
Curse her at times if
you must, but think of
flowers, trees, vegetables,
and homes for burrowing
must be paid.