On Land

Dog watching man plant garlic

Strong dirty fingers

Firmly press the ripened bulb

Deep in damp dark soil


n.b. Our essential connection to nature begins with getting our hands dirty as children when we play outside digging. As we do so we build our natural immunities through our exposure to the earth.

Immense pleasure can be derived from using our hands and fingers to push into the soil, open the earth and planting next summer’s crop.

I recently planted one hundred garlic cloves. Each bulb containing a piece of nature’s magic that will more than fully repay the invested effort. As I placed the cloves into the soil I imagined their subterranean uncurling and the fresh green shoots pushing up into the air and sunlight. I wonder how many will make it to the kitchen this year?


CLP 02/01/2020

4 thoughts on “On Land

  1. Yeah, gardening is something I’ve always loved. It’s wonderful to have your own home-grown garlic! We Indians love it a lot! It’s an important part of our lentil dishes, our dips and chutneys. Best wishes, Christopher! And do keep us updated about how your work progresses!


    1. Thank you for reading the haiku and writing your comment.
      Garlic is a very important culinary plant to many of us Europeans. Did it travel here with the early language with which we share the roots?

      The garlic I planted is on a small-holding in the hills of Cantabria. We can only imagine its growth as I am back in England. However, more work on the land follows. The work will provoke more writing I am sure. With best wishes to you and your garden.

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      1. Thank you so much, Christopher. There was a time when I planted a lot of tomatoes, chillies and eggplant when I was living in my hometown in Jorhat. But ever since my relocation to Guwahati( it’s a city with quite a bit of space constraints), I haven’t got around to planting anything yet, but I do intend to resume sometime in the future.


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