A Worm's Prayer

by Linda Fuller

Let me not be the worm that parches
nor the worm that splits.
Let me be the glistening worm.
Let me be the slick needle
that bastes moldering leaves
and spins filigree of digested soil.
Let me know the ancient secrets
from under woodpile and dead bird –
secrets of time and toadstool.


Posted on 06/23/2010
Copyright © 2022 Linda Fuller

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 06/23/10 at 04:41 PM

...and i always wondered. now i know. such heaviness in a cute aphorism, delivered straight from widsom's lips.

Posted by Max Bouillet on 06/24/10 at 01:30 AM

This is the wisdom of whispering dead things singing the cycle of life. Fall with me into the Earth's womb and fuse with spirits holding hands into the past like a life echo rippling backwards into creation. I love this poem. It is something to touch --something overwhelmingly real. It is highly inspirational.

Posted by Therese Elaine on 06/24/10 at 03:32 AM

Max is right, this is something overwhelmingly the fecund and fertile worm, and saturate the world with your own kind of possibility...amazing Linda, just amazing.

Posted by Tom Goss on 06/24/10 at 05:50 PM

Adorable Fecundity.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/24/10 at 06:56 PM

Wow! National Geographic couldn't have done or said it better with their expensive cameras. A breathtaking poetic snapshot of the life of a worm.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/25/10 at 09:56 PM

Loved the "glistening worm" and the "slick needle". Worms are amazing. Thanks for this.

Posted by Shirin Swift on 06/25/10 at 11:10 PM

'secrets of time and toadstool' what a memorable line, ideas rooted in connectedness with potent cycles, inspiring

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 06/26/10 at 03:49 AM

i know if i was a worm i would recite this every night before bed if not more.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 06/26/10 at 12:58 PM

Linda. I do believe you're prayers have been answered as this ode is clearly witness, e'er spinning its slick needle in my mind.

Posted by Rowan Luis on 06/27/10 at 08:04 PM

wow, i can almost taste this poem! im gonna add it to my favourites

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 07/02/10 at 02:09 AM

This one has "wormed" its way into my psyche, Linda. And I'll never look "down" on a worm again.:)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/22/11 at 03:30 PM

Hey Linda! Congradulations on POTD. Well deserved!!

Posted by A. Paige White on 01/22/11 at 04:32 PM

Congrats on POTD! It fit in with my morning worm watch perfectly.
Just started collecting compost to go with pepper seeds and potato eyes blinking in the kitchen window for the spring I've not yet seen but of it I dream.... What a blessing you are to me today (again! your positive p.m. blinking in the midst of the fusion upon the general forum and many members intending to quit us)!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/22/11 at 04:59 PM

Great POTD! Congrats!

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 01/22/11 at 05:50 PM

great choice for POTD!good read- loved it

Posted by Rhiannon Jones on 01/23/11 at 02:43 AM

Congrats, Linda, on POTD. I remember this line from when you first posted it: "let me be the glistening worm". I like the whole darned wormy thing.

Posted by Shonda Creemer on 01/23/11 at 04:18 AM

Congratulations on POTD Linda! Love this!

Posted by Angela Stevens on 07/15/11 at 07:17 PM

You have such a vivid way of describing things that I can see it clearly.

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