Swoop in circles
around the sun.
Go on and on,
                and on,
                     and on.
Wear layers.
Carry water.
Don’t laugh when we run.
Don’t cry when we dig.
Give us a home.
Keep our history
under your skin.
Shiver and explode.
Remind us
you exist.
When you are sick
and feverish,
forgive us.
Hold us


© Elizabeth Steinglass, 2014, all rights reserved

7 replies
  1. Buffy Silverman
    Buffy Silverman says:

    Wonderful, Liz! This one needs to find a home in the publishing world. (If you want comments, I’d be glad to share a few….and thank you for all the comments I found in my email this morning!)

    • lsteinglass
      lsteinglass says:

      Thanks, Buffy. I always appreciate feedback. I’ve enjoyed my daily writing challenge this month but I’ve also missed the time for reflection, critique, and revision!

      • Buffy Silverman
        Buffy Silverman says:

        Okay–here are a few things that occurred to me in the for-what-it’s-worth department. I wonder if the poem would be stronger if it were a bit shorter. You might omit the negative lines (Don’t laugh/don’t cry)…and focus on what the Earth does. I’m not sure if kids would get “Wear layers” (I assume you mean crust/mantle/core? That one gave me pause–maybe instead, something like: Grow mountains.)
        The last two sentences of this gave me the chills…really terrific.


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