The Situation of the Earth

Image Credit: Mike 138
Image Credit: Mike 138


Written for Cognitive Reflection Picture Writing Challenge #22 and the following quote:

‘Humility is the situation of the earth.  The earth is always there, never remembered, always trodden on by everyone, somewhere we cast and pour out all the refuse, all we don’t need.  It’s there, silent and accepting everything and in a miraculous way making out of all the refuse new richness in spite of corruption, transforming corruption itself into a power of life and a new possibility of creativeness, open to the sunshine, open to the rain, ready to receive any seed we sow and capable of bringing thirtyfold, sixtyfold, a hundred fold out of every seed… ‘

Anthony Bloom


The track played again and again.

It was the same one each time.

Around each bend I was met

with the same scene:


the notes had peeled

off the bottoms of their shoes

had stuck fast to the path

imprinting an elaborate pattern

covered by twigs and fallen branches.


I fell to my knees and leaned over

resting my forehead on the ground.

The limbs of trees seasoned

moved by my yearning spirit

approved of my first prostration.


The feint sunlight skimmed the earth

dancing over their notes

revealing the mark they had made

on the track

and suddenly

everything stopped

and came together –

a melodious symphony




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