Underground, Overground

undergroundUnder
The roses,
The spring and summer
Abundance,
Under
The leaf litter,
Underground,
While mortals
Sleep
Another kingdom
Keeps watch
On the garden.
Earthworms,
Woodlice,
Mycelium
Inhabit
The moist
Dark recesses
Of the earth,
Toiling tirelessly
For the health
Of the soil.

They are not
Alone;
There is
Another kingdom,
The heartbeat
Of the garden,
The very pulse
Of creation;
The spirits of nature –
Of fire and air and water,
Of earth –
Toiling tirelessly
For the greater good
Of the garden.

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27 Responses to Underground, Overground

  1. Oh, what fun, Cathy and such a lovely poem to celebrate the garden underworld. They certainly do look very much like the Blue Roundhead Mushrooms I found in my garden a couple of weeks ago.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate, and yes, I thought they looked the same as yours too. Interestingly, when I lifted a dahlia that was planted close by it came up with strands of mycelium which is a very good thing to have in the garden of course

  2. Christina says:

    How often do we forget that the life in and under the soil is far more important than what we see above. Your creativity with the poem is to be admired and praised!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – the germ of the idea for the poem had been festering for a little while but took until now to come together

  3. Hoe hoe grow says:

    And long may they reign! Where would be without this mysterious other world, often unseen, but doing so much good.

  4. Which is why we should toil to help the world too…and we do.

  5. AnnetteM says:

    Lovely ideas and lovely poem.

  6. Cathy says:

    I always enjoy your poems Cathy. I find it fascinating to think what is going on beneath the surface. Did you see Gardeners’ world recently where they showed how mycelium gather around the roots of Plantain plants?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – and yes, I saw that programme and it made quite an impact me, opening my eyes to what mycelium was and how it functioned…absolutely fascinating

  7. gardenqueen says:

    I really enjoyed this poem.

  8. rickii says:

    Very artistic words and images.

  9. Your photographs of the mushrooms are amazing and look like paintings. The poem is lovely too!
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  10. karen says:

    Lovely. I didn’t know about your poetry. I enjoyed reading this. I’m just catching up …. as always 🙂 x

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