Top Soil

“All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:
All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem:”*

Soil is
toil is earth
and garden path
miniscule minerals
dispatched to flower
patches of veg bound
round orderly borders
fork pricked
worm holed
shell holes
hell hole dug out
ditch and moat
sodden muddy crud
rudimentary bog

soil is
toilet is earth
closet of germs
seed germinator
grave robber
blood and bonemeal
grit for mill wheel
ground breakage
rusting reef of age
top-sheeted rock bottom
summum bonum*

*Opening quote from Browning’s: “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 Comments on “Top Soil

  1. 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!


  2. This does make a nice sound. I also like the feeling it gives of digging. With each line, you find a new treasure.


  3. Love the association with the word “soil”. And the nice flow of the structure and sound in this piece. Well captured!


  4. thx for this wonderful idea to write about soil – the place where we all go [that came to my mind]….


  5. I love the way key words lead into /change into others.


  6. 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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