Between the Fence and the Fern

Between the fence and fern

in the back of the yard

in the cool of the dirt

on the soft moss and sod

in a universe of silt

in a narrow never-glade

in a moistened black congruence

of oxygen and shade


A never-ending cycle

of reproductive violence

the natural machinations

of Darwinian compliance


Larvae, beetles, earthworms

black and orange ants

decomposing nutrients

a lifeblood for the plants


A constantly raging battle

steadfastly unforgiving

a cyclic constitution

where the dead

support the living


From above this Earthly

netherworld

all that we discern

are the gently blowing leaves

and the softly dancing fern

2 Comments

  1. julydase says:

    Love this! Both dark and uplifting.

    Like

    1. gsrbtn says:

      Thanks for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed this.

      Liked by 1 person

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