Compost

Thick sticky dark earth from the dumped 

worm bin

lay unfinished on the old plywood

top

whose holes had let in the rain and

rat

I saw scurry into the Blackberry vines and

thorns

 

Stuck into the tar were cracked brown

shells

eggs whose casement was not easily turned to

compost

A hundred or more glisteny thin-walled

cups

cracked on counters or on hot edges of

cast iron

pans needing curing from the sticky 

protein

white that formed at breakfasts or mid-morning

scrambling

 

Also unchanged, skins of avocados and their egg-shaped

seeds

still leathern and woody undigested by

decomposers

as if  only moments not months had passed. since

knife

halved them open to spread their rich green on

bread

wanting only a little salt and the slippery

flesh

of tangy tomatoes smelling of warmth of morning

garden

 

I felt I had interrupted something

sacred

that my pushing over the old horse

trough

to gather the labors of time and

worms

which would sit rich and dark in

beds

of sunflowers  raspberries peas and

roses

had been hasty and careless and now a

shovel

was needed to lift the heavy wet clumps of

earth

 

The worms were unaware, their lighter brown

bodies

curved and turned into the wet dark messy

mass

and were lifted and layered...soil and straw...soil and

straw

into the now righted trough then covered by

plywood

heavier and unholed to keep out rats and

rain

and to leave in darkness the change from scrap to

soil

to leave more time for the worms to work

magic

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Adam Rabinowitz

Fri 23rd Aug 2019 22:21

All of you are so encouraging and affirming thank you. A FB friend said that writing poetry is fun and I absolutely agree but right now I feel like I am writing for my life....so more than fun...and having you all along is all I could ever hope for.

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afishamongmany

Fri 23rd Aug 2019 21:31

Adam I'm really into compost (so to speak) but when I saw the title I thought, nah and nearly skipped it. But a great read. You describe and give new dimensions to (for me) a very familiar landscape.
Maybe this is what poetry should do take the rubbish and turn it into life giving nutrition?
Go well
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Devon Brock

Fri 23rd Aug 2019 20:55

Adam,

Rich and nourishing (pun intended). Such a well-wrought piece of work this is. Solid imagery, logically ordered and dense with meaning. The enjambment of each line forces me to read the line endings as an almost separate work. Crafty devil you.

D

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Ruth O'Reilly

Fri 23rd Aug 2019 12:05

Nice insight into 'Gardener's Mind' Adam, I also like the way it contrasts Times they are a changing because it's almost as if you put everything that unsettled you into a big compost at the end of it!

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keith jeffries

Fri 23rd Aug 2019 08:05

Spoken as a true son of the soil. I enjoyed this and thanks
Keith

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Adam Rabinowitz

Fri 23rd Aug 2019 07:29

a more peaceful piece perhaps.

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