leaves wings and other such things


safely hidden in the earth

scavenging birds busy against a blue sky


  Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.  
—Gary Snyder

figure quiet & hidden underground

  Earth teach me to forget myself
  as melted snow forgets its life.
  Earth teach me resignation
  as the leaves which die in the fall.
  Earth teach me courage
  as the tree which stands all alone.
  Earth teach me regeneration
  as the seed which rises in the spring.
—William Alexander, A Father’s Book, 1997

2 figures hidden underground from scavenging birds

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relating to the soil

Soilin good heart,”
     as farmers used to say,
            is the key to health,
both for ourselves and for the animals & plants on whom we depend.
—Harvey and Ellen Ussery

boy & girl underground are the soil for trees & the landscape for a deerIt has been said that organic matter in the soil consists of “the living, the recently dead, & the very dead.” The “living” portion consists of all the diverse forms of living organisms that make up the soil food web, but also plant roots themselves.

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