Earthly Wonders

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
animals. Respect
must be paid.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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17 Responses to Earthly Wonders

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Love that “rumble, quake,
    shake,” especially.


  2. kim881 says:

    A realistic personification of Mother Earth rumbling and quaking, ‘cracked with thirst’, difficult enough to be cursed at time, but oh, so beautiful!


  3. sanaarizvi says:

    Absolutely! 💜


  4. lillian says:

    ah…..with that last admonishment, I am thinking of the Big Island and the volcano eruption. About 13 years ago we stayed in a wonderful rental house on the Big Island….in fact, we stayed there three years running and brought our two children and their spouses there for a week (before they had their children). That house, and indeed its entire beautiful neighborhood and tree canopied road that led to it, is now under 30 feet of lava. Hard to believe it weill be another 100 years or so before there are homes and life there again. Mother Earth….respect her power and her love.


  5. Oh all the aspects are there… respect he in all ways possible… fear and love are both part of it.


  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    In spite of everything earth is home for all of us.


  7. Singledust says:

    respect! that is missing these days, a good reminder Sara, thank you


  8. Grace says:

    Love the sounds and message of respect!!!


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