|Under the Sods Belly
Under the sods belly stiff from winter roots
This poem is part of a collection called The Coming of Age written in the 1980s. The poem is about natural process and how human beings often lose sight of the process. Man uses bulldozers to burrow into the earth, but nature (metaphorically), never invasive, allows its creations to unfold. Under the sodís belly, where the human eye cannot see, exists an ecosystem that provides an intelligence far beyond man‘s. Under the cover of silence, in the darkness, the April sun brings to manifestation a creative process that human beings should not only admire but also try to emulateósince without the lowly worm, man could never have evolved. The lesson to be learned in this poem is humility.