dVerse — Rich — Worm King

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Kim is the host of dVerse today. Kim says:
This week I’d like you to take any meaning, form or compound of the word rich, and write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the prompt word.

Worm King

Tender, smooth skin,
Peristaltic, mining
Wilted lettuce, apple peels;
Constricting scraps
While centipedes march
Endless reconnaissance
And sowbugs sip brown juice.
Castoff corner of any garden,
Busier than any stock exchange,
You bring us your garbage
And we make you rich
with black gold.

54 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice use of the most completely mundane of subject matter. The last line even promises oil? (Texas tea)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Larry. It’s not oil, but soil. There is a thing called compost tea that you can water your plants with, as it is full of nutrients from the composted kitchen scraps.

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      1. References to black gold always make me think of oil..It’s from the Beverly Hillbillies song

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes, it reminds me of it also. “Next thing you know, old Jed’s a millionaire…” I love that show! So many laughs.

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  2. Love the way you describe the rich the little worms can give…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bjorn. 🙂 The honeybees work their magic above ground, as the earthworms work theirs below.

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  3. kim881 says:

    Wow, Jade, the shape of your quadrille looks like one of those little well-fed worms that I sometimes find in our garden – the robin really likes them! It also reminds me of the worm farms the children sometimes make at school. I especially like the final lines:
    ‘You bring us your garbage
    And we make you rich
    with black gold’.
    There’s nothing like rich soil – it has an amazing aroma.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much for your thoughtful comments, Kim. No, there isn’t.

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  4. This is such a delight to read! I love watching Gardener’s World on BBC (I have a secret crush on Monty Don LOL) but it is such an educational show, even if it is set in the UK. My garden is filled with worms, it should be after 20 years!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, such a joy to know that worms can survive in a desert climate. I would love to see you write a poem about it. I can’t get gardening shows anymore as I have no ability to watch TV where I’m at (translated won’t/can’t pay for a TV dish rental.) I remember watching gardening shows on PBS years ago. I kinda had a crush on Mel Barthalomew back in those days as well 😉

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      1. We stream everything now, with a fire tv cube. There is an app called Britbox, with a small monthly fee to watch. 😊

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Cool. British TV has a lot to offer, I’m sure. I have to use satellite internet which caps me at 15gb/month, which severely limits anything that streams with video. They have extra gb after 2a.m. and so often I will watch my netflix movies starting then. Yah, I know, but I have to get my movie doses.

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  5. Mish says:

    There is a common love of earth within the quadrilles today and what could be better than the richness of soil from the worm’s perspective! Nice one, Jade.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Such a nice comment, Mish, and I love the nature lovers at dVerse ❤ Thank you for your comment and glad you liked the quadrille.

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  6. Grace says:

    A very hard working creature making our soil rich and nourishing. A creative take on the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Grace 🙂

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  7. sanaarizvi says:

    This is incredibly woven, Jade 😀 I love; “You bring us your garbage and we make you rich with black gold.”❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sanaa. I’ve been composting for over 35 years and see the magic 🙂

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  8. Gillena Cox says:

    Elegant bit of humour.
    Happy Monday

    much love…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Gillena, glad you enjoyed it. Happy Monday!

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  9. Sadje says:

    Quite an ode to these very essential part of our ecosystem.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Sadje, they deserve all of the accolades they can get 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        They really do.

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  10. kanzensakura says:

    I love your humorous take on this. I love earthworms and the good that they do our soil.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Toni. When I first read what you wrote I read the last word as soul. lol Maybe earthworms are the soul of the soil.

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  11. calmkate says:

    enriching worms, recycling, love this one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 thank you!

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  12. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Nice shape and message. We haven’t done a compose pile for years.When IK was a kikd, seemed like everybody did them.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I enjoy composting and recycling as it cuts way down on what has to go to the landfill. Plus the worms and crew love their chow 🙂

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  13. maria says:

    I have for these creatures but still grateful for them for nourishing our soils. Creative!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Maria!

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  14. rothpoetry says:

    Rich with black gold… you are right nothing much better for a garden that compost!

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  15. pvcann says:

    Hard work and humility, such richness.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ yes indeed

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  16. lillian says:

    ok….rich little worms……but I still shudder when I see them all over the sidewalks after a spring/summer rain!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know, they will drown if they don’t come out of the ground. I’ve been known to do worm duty a time or two. Every worm counts!

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  17. badfinger20 says:

    I had to look up sowbugs

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Do you have them in Tennessee? They are a pain in the neck around here.

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        Yes when I saw a pic of one I knew them…we do.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          The info says they are a prehistoric creature, which is pretty amazing.

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          1. badfinger20 says:

            That really is that they survived this long…kinda like Cher and Keith Richards

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            1. msjadeli says:

              lmao you are cracking me up. What about Willie Nelson?

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              1. badfinger20 says:

                Yep you can count Willie also! That man is a walking joint… I love him to death

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  We can add that to one of marijuana’s properties: preservative 😉

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  18. merrildsmith says:

    I would never ever think to write about this, but you did a wonderful job! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Merril 🙂

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  19. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I like your creative take on “rich”. Especially the ending lines…
    “Busier than any stock exchange,
    You bring us your garbage
    And we make you rich
    with black gold.”
    Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Ali! Glad you enjoyed it. ❤

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      1. Ali Grimshaw says:

        I did. Make it a great day.

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  20. antonia_ says:

    Wonderful poem!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Antonia.

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