You May Start Seeing The Dead Earthworms - Poem by RIC BASTASA

for a start you have seen dead earthworms
along a muddy pavement

you theorize about their deaths
the reasons
perhaps the waters in the canal rose
and drowned them last night
when you were asleep

perhaps the sun was so hot the other day
while you were working
hard in the office and so they
were scorched
to death

i like it when you reason out
but i like you more when you were sad
and wrote something about
these dead earthworms

and then i slept for days
and dreamed that we hear the earthworms
sing their own songs
in the notes and lyrics of their own

something strange really but
i am so happy
the earthworms too do not just die
they also rise
and they also sing

it will be another beginning for us,
a happy one i suppose

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 20, 2008

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