A Narrative of Dirt

Narrative of Dirt
Narrative of Dirt

A Narrative of Dirt


Narrative of dirt

there is beauty in the green

of trees as they bloom in spring

mossy lush ground cover

bees as they fly from flower

to flower, red ladybug


Magic in the mulch

in composted organics

returning our waste to earth

feeding its beauty

returning to the cycle

a complicated decay


Story of mixture

the dissolution of the old

breaking down of what we use

these handfuls of dirt

particles of what we were

with hope in what to become


Mineral mixture

organic material

microbes found dead or alive

our air and water

dynamic and important

soil as limited resource.




An engineer sees

firm foundation to build

a place for infrastructure

a land for tract home

or additional freeway

parking garage of folk song


A diplomat sees

a territorial line

where a nation’s property ends

where our wars begin

drawing a line with a stick

in a never still soil


A scientist sees

surface full of minerals

layers of organic things


biology and physics

a product of weathering


many horizons

combine into soil profile

each profile tells a story

narrative of dirt

different soils different stories

change with the climate of time.




A difference is due

to the climate and landscape

is this ancient or unused

what microbes will grow

upon the earth underfoot

so many species of man


Container gardens

require less soil use

just enough to make your own

Peet Moss from the cliffs

a little of this and that

depends on red wheelbarrow


Embedded earth

a universal mixture

to start my keyhole garden

small plot in city

with Zucchini for neighbors

all from the dirt of our work


Narrative of dirt

each profile tells a story

of trees as they bloom in spring

many horizons

bees as they fly from flower

on a never still soil.

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Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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