Keeping sanity

I keep my sanity in the earth,

I keep it in my two hands

As I shovel compost onto a screen

And watch worms wriggle through the mesh

Into the earth below.

I shed stress with sweat

As I mow the grass

After a weekend away

Long blades falling to the rotary cutter

In the late afternoon sunlight.

I plant my frustration

Along with daffodil bulbs

That have spent their spring flowers

As I wait for children to come home

After a day of things going wrong.

These things connect me with myself

The well of silence

And peace

That lives within.