'Seeds blow in the wind and what is earf but a deadness with life growing out of it? Rottin leaves and dead branches and naminal shit and that it all makes live earf on the dead groun and if you look at woodlings edge all roun the barrens youwl see the runty coming up where skin of earf growit back on nekkit groun. Nekkit groun what ben the bloody meat and boan of Bad Time covering its self with skin of earf and grass and woodlings.'
Hoban, Russell, Riddley Walker p.196
Carbon, common element from which all natural matter derives; in the loamy soil that feeds the tree that produces the fruit that feeds the creature that ends as all things end to feed the loamy soil. Centuries, millenia of layers of it, dust and ash locked inside the concrete bricks, floating in the spaces in between the things, thickening up the sea, clogging up the air holes.