Soil

Soil is everywhere, beneath your shoes, under your car, hidden under buildings and houses. It is something so ubiquitous that we take it for granted, but without soil, we would have no food and no environment.

An indispensable part of the natural environment, soil is important to plants, animals, rocks, landforms, rivers, etc. and it determines the distribution of plant species and provides a habitat for a wide range of organisms.

We need fertile soil to grow our food, and the food of our livestock. Without fertile soil, we would all be starving.

 
Source of photo: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/news/news-detail/en/c/317128/

Today, we show gratitude for the soil under our feet, a reminder that we must care for our planet to ensure sustainability in the long term.

Here is a contemporary series of three haikus on the subject of soil:

Of soil and toil 

I

See the fertile lands
Fed by sunlight and water
Shoots growing gently

II

Touch the leaves of plants
Feel the soil in your fingers
From which your food springs

III

Now in this moment
Contemplate the miracle
That is our planet

 

Khor Hui Min
13 July 2017

Read more about soil here.

 

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Scorched Earth

I love writing poetry every week, and this week, it’s about our home planet – Earth. For the last #‎MYWritersPoetryPrompt‬ for February 2016 in the ##‎MYWriters‬ FB group, it is haiku writing time. I put up the word prompt EARTH, and we shall pay homage to Mother Nature, on which we all depend on for our survival. 🙂

Earth eye
Source of photo: https://www.pininterest.com/pin/142215300707621437/

Scorched Earth

Mother Earth watches
As we scorch the land with greed
Riches to ashes

Khor Hui Min
24 February 2016