Tuesday, December 6, 2011

World Soil Day

December 05 of every year is celebrated as World Soil Day by the global community of more than 60,000 soil scientists. According to the official IUSS website, World Soil Day is held on the said date since it is the birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, The King of Thailand, who has officially sanctioned the event.

As a tribute to the soil as a vital resource, I am posting below a poem written in 2007 by one of my former students at Visayas State University, Juvia P. Sueta. Juvy is now finishing her PhD at the Buesgen Institute, University of Goettingen, Germany.

The Soil Beneath

by Juvia P. Sueta

The soil tells a

fascinating story

of enduring patience

and great beauty.

Out of the hardened rock,

it changes into

an interesting mass

of sand, silt, and clay.

Exposed to the rain, wind

and sunshine, it

grows to maturity.

Time polished it,

throughout all history.

Out of its bosom,

the flowers bloom

and trees grow steadily.

And in its face,

the children play.

Below it;

scholars, artists,

beggars, and poets lay.

Great is the earth,

it cares and nourishes

the whole humanity.

It is nature’s best habitat,

sustaining creatures,

strong or tiny.

It bears witness,

to all that took place

throughout the ages.

It holds the secrets

of past or future events.

it is a treasure chest,

keeping nature’s wealth.

And so nothing compares

to the soil beneath.


Anonymous said...

It is a very nice poem about soil. It should be printed. I like it. Who is Juvia Sueta?

Jim, Thailand

BSWM staff said...

World Soil Day needs to be promoted by all soil scientists to promote soil science and create awareness about the importance of soil resources in the pPilippines and worldwide.

Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful poem! kudos to the author.

Anonymous said...

Hi maam juvia.happy new year. when ka man mahuman sa PhD nimo? dont forget sa mitot.

Jlx the man said...

It tells very clearly why we must protect the soil

EMB-CCO said...

Hi, we'd like to share this wonderful poem on our fb page in celebration of world soil day! Thanks a lot.