Kimberly Burnham
Provo, Utah
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Termite Man And The Zaï Holes, A Science Fiction Origin Story

Unafraid Yac
reached in a Zaï hole
to plant a yellow plum
a waiting soldier termite
powerful jaw bite
Yac's skin molten hot
replaced by a tough exoskeleton
enabled him to dig tree pits faster
he can save the world
but what will his family see
Termite Man And The Zaï Holes, A Science Fiction Origin Story
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Topic(s) of this poem: environment,science fiction,trees
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Science: Zaï holes also catch water, but take a slightly different approach. They are holes dug in the soil. Traditionally they were used in a limited way to restore barren land. Yacouba Sawadogo introduced the innovation of filling them with manure and other biodegradable waste, in order to provide a source of nutrients for plant life. The manure attracts termites, whose tunnels help break up the soil further. He also increased the size of the holes slightly over the traditional models.[4] Zaï holes have been used to help cultivate trees, sorghum, and millet.
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