God Made Dirt

Dirt don’t hurt. At least it’s’ not supposed to. 

Yet pestilence and famine stare down my brother,

Steals nourishment from my mother. 

Red Dirt

        Black dirt

                     Gray dirt

                                Pay dirt

 …and back to the clay dirt, 

Fashioned on the potter’s Wheel by the architect of the four corners of the universe;  

In the triple blackness of Ptah before the first verse. 

The possibilities swept up in a spiral vortex,

                         restricted to the confines of the matrix; 

                                                              Man-made complex;

Life is about the process.

Four sides of the cube; North, south, east and west. 

Nun, Geb, Shu, and Tefnut. 

           The man, the lion, the ox and the eagle; 

                                                 …the Angels and the angles to boot. 

Carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydro;

a few trace minerals to go.

…and a pillar of salt. 

God made dirt. Dirt don’t hurt. At least it’s not supposed to. 

Its’ all in the soil. Getting to know myself made it worth the toil. 

In the fourth dimension of the time and space,  striving for the fifth. Along the way I spit out the pith. 

It no longer serves me. I’ve peeled the skin and eaten the fruit. 

Nourished from the root 

Sheila T. Zimmerman ’22

Published by EarthtoneS

My love for writing extends back to the early years as a form of expression when my vocabulary was limited. I needed a way to validate my thoughts and feelings. I began with poetry which led to journaling, and songwriting. Ultimately, I began writing as a subcontractor in '08 for a freelancer who supplied articles to businesses. This is where I learned SEO content, keywords, and density. By the time I had written hundreds of articles of this nature, it was time to move forward in my quest to learn internet marketing as I honed my creative writing skillset. I began writing academically in 2015 so I could tighten up on how to cite my research. Now it's time to apply what I've learned to my body of work. My desire is to complete the book for which I've researched and compiled information, in addition to my personal experience. As I sojourn towards having my first full body of work published, I am available for writing projects to support my objective. I am grateful for the day you discover, acknowledge, and appreciate the passion in my words.

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