Earth

Earth

Into the gentle folds of earth

I laid down my troubles

And felt their release

Into soil, rock and grass

Into worms and all of God’s infinite microscopic creatures

Who beneath made their abode

Haven for my tears

Streaming down cheeks formed of clay

Into earth’s primordial clay

Couching my body

Better than any man-made bed

Soaring overhead a red-tailed hawk

Connecting heaven and earth

Stopper of time

Seeing life from a different perspective

This past Sunday we were out gathering rock in the woods.  My husband went on with the tractor, and as I hiked back I just decided to lie on the ground and let all my worries and cares flow back to earth.  Everything was just right for those moments.  My husband wondering what happened to me came looking and we lay there together.  Other than children, I don’t think people do this anymore.  We saw the hawk overhead.  Then our dog found us, licking our faces and spraying water from his creek bath.  The moment was over.  I’m thankful for the moment we had.

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31 thoughts on “Earth

  1. That would have been a beautiful moment. And it made for a beautiful post. Sometimes we seem to forget the most simple, beautiful things in life..
    Great post! 🙂 🙂

  2. Hi, very beautiful thought. It’s true, I stop too seldom to appreciate the earth. I’m following you through RSS. I am a children’s writer, librarian, and I’m married to a farmer. Farming has been in his blood for six generations on the Palouse. If you happen to check me out, you can see some of the pictures I posted last summer of our River Ranch.

  3. Wow, I can feel the care-free spirit in your write.. Just like your photo, it does make me break into a soft, gentle yet thankful for life in living…

    I love the best about laying down my troubles and feel their release… It seemed the only is to be out in nature and be at peace and inhale the air in there..

    Oops, did i talk too much? Sorry.. your poem just get me talking…

    Thanks for dropping by Tingtasy.. I am going to put up your URL in my new-found friend in Tingtasy.. Yeah, that way, I can return every now and then… Hope this will be just more than one meeting in each other writing.. I just feel at ease in your blog… 🙂

    *HUG*

  4. What a lovely experience–what a lovely poem! No, I doubt too many people stop to just lay on the ground and dream like we did as children. Although I’ve done this well into my adulthood. Feels so good doesn’t it?

  5. Lovely imagery of your captured moment. Your poem reminds me of Robert Frost’s style , particularly the meeting of man and nature in ‘Two Look at Two’.

    Thank you for sharing

    glh 🙂

  6. This is a very nice work of poetry Jerri. I just like everything about the releasing of your worries and cares back into the earth. As children do, no cares nor concerns, just you, nature, and God. Very nice.

  7. ..please visit poets who are here, but you did not reach initially, thanks, we call it return favors, part of the rule,
    bless your Friday.
    😉

  8. Beautiful poem – all of the language ties together really well and the whole thing is perfectly balanced. The last line lightens the whole thing and makes it playful.

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