The Worm

are you acquainted with tales of tenderness?

voluble versions of vulnerability

from the pen of one

once a child

who would stoop for the lowly earth worm

on a perilous concrete passage

returning him to lush, moist loam

ending such an errant, wayward roam

..

what would you do with him?

alter the cadence of your stride?

..

and what of me?

for I am in your path

and the day is warm

offer me your shadow

there, a soothing darkness

or

threaten me with careless boot?

i’ve crossed such paths before

lulled in poikiloform torpor

..

no, gather me

my annuli traverse your heart line

your palm sensing shuffling setae

tender me to your love…

in tepid torpor, on soporific soil

tangling in such terrestrial toil 

75 thoughts on “The Worm”

  1. “from the pen of one

    once a child

    who would stoop for the lowly earth worm

    on a perilous concrete passage

    returning him to lush, moist loam”

    How do I praise you? What words do I use that could even hint at what I feel when I read your poetry!?
    How many of us have been crushed by people, how many have been walked past, neglected…! Yet those that did dare to, or should I say care to lift us up to nourishing love are the ones that kept us warm, are the ones that saved the worm.

    My wonderful poetess, may my words convey what I feel.. I am overwhelmed with emotion and cannot find a suitable word to lay at your feet! ❤😘

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    1. How kindly your response to my words; how humbled I am every time, yet this time …. 😌🌷, well let’s say that the words you lay at my feet I will treasure. Your affinity to the theme is extra special as this is one of my favourite pieces of writing in nearly a year.
      Let me make you Dean at the School of Praisonomics! A term which you so cleverly coined and one I shall never forget! 😊💐❤️

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      1. Oh god… My praisonomics is full of your chapters and “The Worm” holds a place of reverence… I can see how passionately you’ve written this. From the beginning to the very end, and then persisting in the reader’s mind… Poems like this, once read, come to recollection in future, in certain moments that trigger the memory, so fresh as if read only the day before!
        If I am the Dean, you are that student who is so good at the subject that the Dean fears the untimely termination of his tenure! 😝😂

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    1. Hello gorgeous California! 💕It was so very nice to read your comment here Rosaliene, I can see the worms you mention so vividly and wonder if at least one person stopped to save even one…

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  2. I have to chuckle at this lovely verse Diana. My brother and I saved a handful of earthworms relocating them to another area of the garden only a week ago. As always, such captivating imagery. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! Beyond the metaphor this piece of writing was also a call out to the empaths of the world. How wonderful it is that you are from a family of “worm savers” …. this says a lot about your character 💜

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      1. I know what you mean 🙂 I have had some strange looks when taking pics in public places, especially if caught belly flat snapping mushrooms, lol! Oh, and you are welcome! 🙂

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    1. Kind, gentle lady …. thrilled by such warm support for a piece that lies extra close to my heart. You feel it in the way i could only have only hoped for…. so I’m utterlythrilled! ❤️🌷🌷 Sending warm thoughts to you this night!

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  3. So so beautiful.How there are things of beauty, innocence and caring we can learn from kids.How rarely would people stoop down bending their egoistic spine to help others in need of love and support?How many of them do that, a question to think for you and me.

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    1. Oh Megha, I feel so few indeed. And is this a learned behaviour or inherent? Thank you sweet lady for stopping a while, and having the kindness to not only comment but to provoke thought as well.
      You are special to me ❤️

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      1. You are very humble Diana. I love your writing style, the way you write about a simple natural process … the delicate words chosen by you all makes it mesmerizingly beautiful

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    1. Ah sweet V of the South, so thrilled when you drop by! I’ve been busy outdoors with significantly less online time; precious Spring is upon us! Finally! Can’t you sense my out of control elation hehe? Hope all is well in my beloved land Down Unda 🎶 ❤️❤️

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    1. Ah my Knight with a Knack for Kindly Komments …. oh ok I know I have cheated here but I was unable to match your exuberant enthusiasm! Thank you to the moon and back (via the Sea of Tranquility).

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    1. You make me smile, large! Yes, the lowly worm….who would have thought!? A direct symptom of more time outdoors and less on WP! I’m behind on your writing and do apologize…. ❤️

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  4. Terrific !! 😍😍😍😍 I never thought an earthworm can be so appealing till I read these verses of yours!! Woww! And yet again, your knowledge is super human!! The rhetorics, the in depth details you possess about the things you write, it is just out of the world..
    The poem was so sweet. I loved it! Shadow or boot!!! The carassing of the myriads setae!! Woww!! Loved it 😍😍😍🤩🤩🤩👌👌👏👏

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    1. Parth! I have no idea why I was not alerted to this simply wonderful comment!
      You convey much kindness to me and I apologize for both the oversight and being away from my blog recently 🤗😍😍

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      1. Hey Diana.. 😋😋 so good to read your comment. Aww…no need to apologise 🤗🤗 I haven’t been that active lately as well!😅 And keep it up.. your amazing Insta clicks.. 😍😍👌👌🤟

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    1. Oh my god …. Wandering Armadillo is a year old and here you have written one of those rare, and truly memorable comments that make me want to run away to a hill top cabin and write write write. Thank you sweet soul for saying this. Your warmth I take to heart ❤
      I hope you are happy and immersed in the rebirth of another, beautiful spring ❤ ❤

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