Leem of Earth, Pensacola, Florida, 2018. Photo by Alin Dragu.

Leem of Earth, Pensacola, Florida, 2018. Photo by Alin Dragu.

 

Frequently asked question

What does “Leem” mean?

The name Leem is an extension of the name LM.

When LM first thought of the word “Leem”, she

looked up the definition and found that it is

an agricultural term meaning “a very fine-grained

soil that is plastic when moist but hard when

fired.” (1) There is a specific type of leem

called pottenbakkersklei that is used in making

pottery, and this resonated with LM, as she and

the other members of LoE declare with Isaiah,

“…we are the clay, and You are our Former…”

(Isaiah 64:8, The Interlinear Bible.)

There is an additional definition for leem, and

that is “water soaked soil.” This meaning also

applies. In Chapter One, Leem is a child from a

desert-city - somewhere on future earth - a land

lit by a scorching sun. Inland follows Leem as she

leaves the city: “We have been strangers

here, going through motions and so thirsty for a

drink. We’d do anything...” This search for a

source of water is one of the crucial, underlying

facets of Leem’s protean quest.

1: https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/nl/leem