NaPoWriMo: Earth

An Earth Day prompt. This might be the first poem of several.



not rich, not deep and galleried with crawling things.

Thin and unlovely it was,

speckled with decades of thoughtless waste,

glass shards, bottle tops, plastic caps, nylon string,

and older, rusted things that once has a purpose.

Garden earth,

was tainted with paint spills and varnish,

and killer products supposed to ward off evil pests,

the stupidity of ignorant preference,

tulips over dandelions.

My garden earth,

I tend and nurture,

returning what I can,

the peel of dead vegetables, tea leaves,

the good things the earth eats.

My garden earth responds,

With the riddling of galleries,

the wriggling of earthworms and earwigs,

the spiral beauty of snails,

and the first prize,

the gold of the podium,

the mad scampering of blackbirds

as they dig and scratch, squabble and cluck, tossing and turning,

in their wild treasure hunt.

My garden earth responds with life.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

12 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: Earth”

  1. Funny how the female blackbird is actually brown. I have my pair in my garden too. Love them. They sing so beautifully. I also have a kamikaze Robin red-breast. He doesn’t seem to have a mate. I dont know if it’s the same lil guy as last year. I have a feeling this one is younger. Last year’s did have a mate.

    1. And the blackbird is a type of thrush. That’s why the babies are speckled I suppose. Robins are very territorial so if this is a new one, it must mean last year’s robin has died 😦

  2. Will we ever change our destuctive ways? If yes, then maybe our little plots of cared for, and living earth, all over the planet, will aid regeneration.. Your poem is just right and positive for today.

  3. Nurturing, loving. One of my favorite lines: “the good things the earth eats” 🙂 Happy Earth Day!

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