Sally Clark poetry: Earth


This ordinary dirt,
this common soil,
this average accumulation
of humus, loam, and dust.

From such humble beginnings
life was formed;
from such familiar mud,
life is sustained.

All that we are and
all that we need
lies in hushed deference
beneath our feet.



Author’s Notes: “Earth” was entered in the 2010 Nostalgia Press Heart Poetry Contest. It did not win First Prize, but it was published in their issue #8, as the first poem in that issue.



Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
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