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The Wurm Turns

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The Wurm Turns

And so, the wurm has turned within
the crust of angered Mother Earth.
The skies will weep, the oceans leap,
a hurricane of terror bawls.

We've torn flesh from her bones.
And so, the wurm has turned within
the hollow spaces gape, sore wounds,
man kind and his hoard, dross.. succumb.

Earth's breath, the wind, snaps at the trees,
limbs and roots are torn asunder.
And so, the wurm has turned within
a parasitic dream unfolds.

Who will devour, feed, free, destroy
a quandary for the sentient?
A dark outcome, long foretold  
and so, the wurm has turned within.



Proverb is first recorded in John Heywood's 1546 collection of proverbs in the form:
"Tread a woorme on the tayle and it must turne agayne." 
(Henry VI, part III).Shakespeare,"The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on" 

The proverb means, 'even the most humble will strike back if abused enough', 
and certainly we are abusing Mother Earth.

*wurm is also a double entendre for dragon of which some say the earth
is merely the shell holding the Mother of all Dragons

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  1. Date: 4/1/2013 1:21:00 AM
    The worm has turned into a "wurm"... ? The message has been written on the wall for all to see, but us humans have the habit of referring the matter to our politicians - and we all know their level of competency.... A thought provoking poem which I hope will find the right ear. Love, Su

  1. Date: 11/3/2012 2:18:00 PM
    I have never thought of a dragon as a worm, very intresting perspective. The poem was dark, powerful and moving.

  1. Date: 11/3/2012 12:14:00 AM
    I hope you are well, Debbie? Praying for all of us in fear and need, for our loved ones; keeping faith in God's"Divine Love", as Su Crous wrote it in her..."Suzette Prime". Words that help us all! Thank you for the notes; I love proverbs very much! :) Love, Hanitra

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 4/1/2013 1:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Hanitra. It is encouraging to hear that my poetry inspires others. Love, Su
  1. Date: 11/2/2012 9:15:00 PM
    So be it...Gaia will settle the score thru millenia....ours is not the first civilization to collapse...nor will it be the last...all there is left to do is bring love and smiles to all we encounter....for every small joy one gives....positive energy surges throughout the universe...jimmy

  1. Date: 11/2/2012 4:22:00 AM
    Excellent and very thought provoking write Debbie, about Mother Nature and her fury that we are experiencing time and again. Great write from a great poet!

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 10:43:00 AM
    Hauntingly written, Debbie! I think this reads wonderfully out loud. What you've written here is so timely and it does make me wonder sometimes when we will fully get our acts together? Thank you for passing by my poem, Debbie! I hope all is well with you and that you are safe.

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 6:13:00 AM
    awesome this is Debbie, a wonderful poem, on how the humble will strike back, such power in your words, as humankind, just carry on and destroy the planet

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 3:03:00 AM
    Sounds like you wrote this during the hurricane, Deb...I hope all is well? - Tim

  1. Date: 10/31/2012 11:17:00 AM
    Interesting work that you have penned about recent happenings here in America..Great added educational information...Just checking in on you to see if you are okay?...Sara

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 8:03:00 AM
    A pleasure to sit and read poetry this morning. We are getting snow from the Hurricane and the cold northern air coming down from Canada here is Piqua, Ohio this morning. I am glad your excellent poem was one that I came across to read. I hope you are having a good day and if you are in the mist of this weather that you are safe and remain safe Debbie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 5:01:00 AM
    You okay?! Winds haven't peaked yet, here. I have no idea how far the power loss reaches. Read NY is quite dark this morning... Hoping you have already been through the worst part of this storm and are now on the other side, home undamaged and warm and snug...big hug, Dee. Poem is wonderful and reminds me of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth... man destroys the natural and nature will rise up.

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 2:22:00 AM
    A great message and warning to all those who take liberties with nature, well -told, thnx for liking a couple of my poems!! Jag

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 9:13:00 AM
    This is a fantastic write my friend, I really enjoyed reading this poem this morning! What a fabulous way to weave a Quatern, I was pleasantly amazed by the talent you bestowed upon it! If I could only write as brilliantly as you do! Glad you enjoyed a couple of my Halloween poems, it's about time for me to switch gears to normal writing, or Christmas/Thanksgiving poetry! What a grand piece you've written, Great Work!!