Scientists say there are microbes in
the soil that keep us from being

I read that so many bodies were
buried from the plague in the Middle Ages
that a gardener was pricked by a rose in London in the 1940's, 
contracted tetanus from the blood steeped soil and died 

I also read about 43 protesting students in Mexico
that disappeared from their jail cells. Parents weeping
on television and stumbling upon
mass graves searching dental records
but find out later it's the wrong mass grave 

Botanists recently discovered
an orchid that only grows deep underground
translucent and cold and hidden for eons
from our calloused hands or our dreaming of it

Jacob Palmer