First Earth

Pete says worms
regenerate — regrow
so we find five
under a rock
and bisect
each worm
carefully
with a shovel

the ten halves
writhe — worm slime
black clay and blood
mix — ten fingers
playing in a red
oil slick

there will be
ten worms tomorrow


This first appeared in The Penman Review

Image via Flickr user Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Health Campaign. Image has been cropped.