Breaking Ground


By Bekah Steimel

Breaking ground
the womb of the world
breaking ground
the tomb of the world
both garden and graveyard
           without division
between plant and bury
a plot is a plot
the soil comprehends no difference
treating seeds and skeletons
with equality
          this comforts me
like the tipping of bottles
in my eager direction
this understanding
this realization
is the death of Death
which also comforts me
and closes the chasm between us


Bekah Steimel is a 34-year-old writer living in St. Louis whose poems have been published globally. Find her in literary magazines such as Muddy RiverMunyori, and Vine Leaves and in anthologies from publishers such as Kind of a Hurricane Press and Penhall Publishing. Visit www.bekahsteimel.com and follow her @BekahSteimel.