Earthworm

by Andrea Ross

Worm, your heart gallops like a five-legged horse on open range—
Why do you need so many hearts?
Heart-rent from grinding through cast-offs?
Unlucky in love?

5-hearted worm, like a 5-pointed star, a 5-fingered hand—
your castings form astral projections on deep cave walls of our past.
Worm, heart of the earth. Skin breathing, thin-skinned,
your skin breath inhales our shabby whispers.

–I have sliced too many with my shovel’s blade.

 

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SOIL

by Ann Corley Silverman

The sibilant ‘s’ slides quietly into the open oil of a liquid landfall.
Photo by Ann SilvermanA slight growl pushes air into what is round beneath the feet.

Ground.
The dental stability of final sound an anchor on planet underfoot.
But here, the liquid.
Soil.
No labial pout, no punctuation.

So much for definition.

Worms turn in the soil of our syntax, enriching excrementally
the nature of understanding.
All lips and liquid boundaries.
Mouthfuls of earth in endless periods.
This life. And this life. And this life.

A surface of soil, at midpoint to tree, cushions the foot.
Some surface in a plowed field sucks at the boot and removes it.

Some surfaces slip inside and under.
Feet sink into surf.
Toes splayed in mud and sand grow no roots.
Attempting, though, a pirouette,
Striking some balance of the awe-struck.