How on Earth?

How is it from holes there can come
A pile of earth, the total sum
Amounts to much more
Than the total score
Of what they can hold? It is dumb!

The pile that’s in storage now seen
Just matches a load that has been
Transported away,*
And yet what’s seen stay
Still more than has come out must mean?

And comes a decision to take;
Should we with old liner remake?
Or go for some class;
Gunite? Fibreglass?
This problem will keep me awake!

*see load on pavement in previous slideshow
© July 2019 Colonialist 

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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17 Responses to How on Earth?

  1. When I was a girl, my dad decided to build us a swimming pool. He dug the hole but didn’t get around to finish it so it filled up with water which turned into a huge pond full of tadpoles. Your post reminded me of that memory.


  2. Calmgrove says:

    Reminds me of a quote from Olver Goldsmith about the village schoolmaster:

    “… and still the wonder grew
    That one small small head could carry all he knew…”


  3. Widdershins says:

    Can some of it at least, be put back in around the pool? … nicely writ. 😀

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  4. disperser says:

    Compacting. It’s a lot of work and it takes years, but that big pile would eventually shrink back down to the same size it once occupied.

    It seems to me — but I lack some information — a liner would eventually have the same issues with the frame as you experienced to precipitate the current maintenance. Also, much depends on how stable that ground is. For instance, if heavy rains would shift/settle/rise the ground, a flexible liner is probably best as the gunite and fiberglass might crack.

    And that, friends and neighbors, is my completely and utterly unexpert advice.


  5. I am so impressed. Lots of work but will be wonderful – interested to see which side materials you choose. There are bound to be pros and cons with each ( and have been considering…but probably not up to digging this gumbo yard site myself…do you hire out? HaHa)_


  6. Arkenaten says:

    Is this a pond or a swimming pool?


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