Thoughts & life experiences of a Chicago area graphic artist

27 October 2017

Children of Atlas

"Consider the Earth Worm"  © O. Douglas Jennings
I am convinced that earthworms must be one of the most underrated wonders of the world. They are nature's underground, unseen laborers who constantly move, process and rejuvenate the soil. Children of Atlas who bear the burden of lifting the earth and more as they eat, fold, and swim in the dust of ages. Intertwining with and through the hidden roots of all plant life; intermixed with all those who sleep in the earth, worms must somehow know, as the angels know, the starlit space of the heavens through their underworld counterpart environs. We would do well to become more familiar with both.

After his revolutionary work The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin wrote a book on earthworms that is the first scholarly treatment of soil-forming processes.

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