The Daily Inkling asks which low tech skill we would be able to use after the apocalyptic outage. All I’d be good at I think is gardening.


The earth calls and clings

to fingers that scrabble where

roots dig and tangle.


Sap rises, boughs bend in the wind,

leaves unfurl faster every day,

and the meadow, no longer green,

shimmers with colour.


Earth calls, sings,

in the last dead leaves ripped from the oaks

and in the repeated trills of the thrush.


Hands dig, lift stones, plant seeds.


Lizards watch with prehistoric eyes

my singing hands.

Dig deep enough and you reach the past.


It will be so hard to leave.


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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.

10 thoughts on “Digging”

  1. I can run long distances and sew. I’m not sure how useful either skill would be on its own post-apocalypse, but I think if we all work together there’d be something for everyone to contribute.

    1. That’s right! I can’t do either of those things, so we’re already starting to make a team. All we need now is someone who was in the scouts and can light fires without matches. And an ex-security guard or nightclub bouncer…

      1. Lol 😉 Wonderful written, but dont point to such an future. I think the human will kill each other, when they have no more possibilities to drive cars or watch soccer on TV. Michael

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