a soft rain falling 161213 (Soil Culture*)

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A soft rain beneath grey skies

Doing nothing to subdue this radiance

This resonance of photosynthesis singing in the low-lying vegetation

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Moisture percolating and gathering in the soil

Refilling the reservoirs

Cleaning the capillaries

The essential arteries

The root tunnels, the worm halls, the mole ways

Making ready for the frost-thaw-plough

Lifting

Turning

Breaking the sodden firmament apart again

Rejuvenating and replenishing the mineral microbial composition

Offering sustenance in elemental complexity

Willfully perpetuating an existential flow

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I welcome this water of the skies

I thank the ice and sun

I cherish the earth at my feet

Giving life

As in this life itself

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hazel leaves, huntshaw woods (p ward 2013)hazel leaves, huntshaw woods (p ward 2013)

mud ball, huntshaw woods (p ward 2013)mud ball, huntshaw woods (p ward 2013)

drainage ditch with iron salts, northam (p ward 2013)drainage ditch with iron salts, northam (p ward 2013)

a soft rain (earth pigments, cordyline fibres and handmade paper; p ward and f owen 2013)a soft rain (earth pigments, cordyline fibres and handmade paper; p ward and f owen 2013)

© P Ward 2013


* This piece of writing was inspired by a fascinating day of presentations and workshops examining the beauty, importance and nature of soil in support of human survival at the Soil Association National Soil Symposium in Bristol in November where I was representing the Soil Culture project for the Centre for Contemporary Arts & The Natural World (CCANW), 2013-17 (http://www.ccanw.co.uk/assets/files/Uploads/Soil_4pg.pdf)

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