Heart of Earth – Jennifer Highland

Wrap me in loam
garment of soil
taste of rock
dusting my tongue.
Tuck me deep
where the planet still sleeps
far from the crush
of wheel and boot
far from the iron
gnaw of the plow.
Tender me down
below shifting sands
below shovel and hoe
below burrow and root.
Hew me a home
close to the core.
Settle and steep me
lull me and keep me
eased by the beat
sheathed in the heat
of the heart.


Jennifer Highland’s poetry has appeared in Watershed Review, Rappahannock Review, Cider Press Review, the anthologies Done Darkness and Chronicles of Eve, and elsewhere.  She practices osteopathy in central New Hampshire, where she also enjoys digging in the (mercifully not clay) dirt of her vegetable garden and hiking the White Mountains.

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