NaPoWriMo 2023- Day 27 – The Earthworm of strength

And now for our daily prompt (optional, as always). Today, begin by reading Bernadette Mayer’s poem “The Lobelias of Fear.” Now write your own poem titled “The ________ of ________,” where the first blank is a very particular kind of plant or animal, and the second blank is an abstract noun. The poem should contain at least one simile that plays on double meanings or otherwise doesn’t quite make “sense,” and describe things or beings from very different times or places as co-existing in the same space.

The Earthworm of strength
could be mistaken to be non-existent,
or vulnerable
as it goes about silently
unless threatened.
Curling up instinctively
not in fear
but in self-defence.

Unafraid, in the dark hours
it goes to the depths
supporting the weaker,
the dependant.
Giving back
more than it takes
Doing its precious bit 
to the ecosystem
without hullaballoo.

It is hardier than you think.
Injured- it shall not die
But rise like a phoenix 
from the ashes- it will grow back **
as if it were the Aztec God of Fire, 
Xolotl, himself. Celebrate-
It's mutated gene lies in each one of us 
that walks or has walked the earth.
The earthworm of strength- Pikaia* is what got us here.

* read this article  to know that earthworms may very well be our earliest ancestors
** read this article about earthworms

8 responses to “NaPoWriMo 2023- Day 27 – The Earthworm of strength”

  1. Robbie Cheadle Avatar
    Robbie Cheadle

    Hi Smitha, you certainly are writing some interesting and thought provoking poems lately.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hi Robbie,I love that you feel that way. Thank you for letting me know that you’re finding the poems interesting. It means very much.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Really 🙂 Thanks, Selma. I’m delighted you liked the poem. Hugs.


  2. kim881 Avatar

    What an image that is, an earthworm of strength! But when I read your poem, I loved the worm going about silently and unobtrusively:
    ‘Curling up instinctively
    not in fear
    but in self-defence’,
    and the way that it gives back more than it takes, doing its bit for the ecosystem.
    I also love the incongruous simile ‘rise like a phoenix’.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Kim for reading the poem so attentively and sharing your thoughts on it. I love that you loved the poem. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kim881 Avatar

        You’re more than welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Sangbad Avatar

    thanks for sharing the articles… and well written


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