toil is earth
and garden path
dispatched to flower
patches of veg bound
round orderly borders
hell hole dug out
ditch and moat
sodden muddy crud
toilet is earth
closet of germs
blood and bonemeal
grit for mill wheel
rusting reef of age
top-sheeted rock bottom
* from Browning’s poem: “Summum bonum” Latin tr: the greatest good.
Some crumbs of poetry for Bjorn’s Soil Poetics and a tardy entry for the imaginary garden’s Tuesday Platform
35 thoughts on “Top Soil”
Very clever! It reminds me of the rock tumbler I bought my daughter for Christmas one year, the way you roll the words out – lovely!
thank you – I like the sounds it makes!
This does make a nice sound. I also like the feeling it gives of digging. With each line, you find a new treasure.
lovely comment from your colourful pen – thank you
That is a lot of different perspectives on soil. It is good to see things in multiple ways.
Word associations viewed through a multiplex lens
All the different things that soil is and does is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Felt inspired by this prompt
Yes.. this is a very nice list of all what soil is… love the contrasts and opposites too.
SO ILlimitable your prompt
Love that summation… the greatest good. Really nice.
Thank you Marian – had to finish on a climatic summation and Latin had it!
This is a bit like a collection of snapshots in a photo album–good images.
Nice idea Victoria
love the rhythm of this…rolls off the tongue…curious…grit or grist for the mill?
The rhythm came almost instantly but keeping it drumming was not so easy! Grist/grit is whatever to be ground – USAuse grit and grist sounds too much like a mouthful of it
In whisky making they call it grist.
rhymes better with its after effects- p*ss*d
And so it…earth’s treasures – from flowers to bonemeal ~
All life is there
Love the association with the word “soil”. And the nice flow of the structure and sound in this piece. Well captured!
Glad you used the word structure because that is a key element of soil
thx for this wonderful idea to write about soil – the place where we all go [that came to my mind]….
It was Björn’s theme – see above – and has so many connotation that built up here so thank you
yes, i visited his site too….
I love the way key words lead into /change into others.
thank you Rosemary – a case of digging up soil sounds as well as synonyms 🙂
Wonderfully descriptive phrases!
thank you for that 🙂
Such lovely contrasts here!❤️
Love the rapid fire “slam” rhythm of this, Laura! It certainly holds one captive! wELL DONE!
Great comment Walt – much appreciated
Great stuff, I must come here more often, and the pink post was hilarious – but for some reason the comments section didn’t show up on that page. No matter, Here we are. And thanks.
How strange – with your name it can’t be because you’re colour blind! Comments don’t show on front page – annoying & will see if there’s a fix for that. Thank you for looking further to comment – do come back 🙂
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