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(Unpublished) #Poem: “Taking Root”

Though I wrote this poem in 2004, I revised it substantially in 2014. It is a fairly self-explanatory foray into the process of gardening. The poem’s content doesn’t share any earth-shattering messages, but I still like it because it functions well as a villanelle.

Taking Root: A Villanelle

Pulled from the ground, the mangled roots cling
to bits of soil; this torn-loose thing will not quit.
For surviving is the goal, thriving and growing.

Green, growing upward, but it’s time for moving
to stay in accord, as the gardener’s plan is set.
Pulled from the soil, the mangled roots cling

to old nurturing Nature, demanding
to stay put; its heartiness may be set back a bit.
For surviving is the goal, thriving and growing.

What happens next isn’t for speaking or proving:
Placed in its spot, the water helps it fit.
Nestled in new soil, the mangled roots cling

to the fresh dirt in a good place, begging
for a well-suited location, a place to sit.
For surviving is the goal, thriving and growing.

Led by their instincts confused but adapting,
Like all living things that refuse to quit.
Pulled from the soil, mangled roots will cling;
For surviving is the goal, thriving and growing.


About ten years ago, I all but quit submitting poems to literary magazines and began sharing a few here. To read previous (Unpublished) #Poem posts, each with its own mini-introduction, click on the title below:

(Unpublished) #Poem: “Sabbatical”

(Unpublished) #Poem: “Southern Soil”

(Unpublished) #Poem: “I Know”

(Unpublished) #Poem: “Common”

(Unpublished) #Poem: “Zero”

(Unpublished) #Poem: [Untitled]

(Unpublished) #Poem: “Reading Kenko”

(Unpublished) #Poem: “Five or Six”

(Unpublished) #Poem: “Curb Market, Saturday Morning”

(Unpublished) #Poem: “Cycle”

(Unpublished) #Poem: “The Greatest Unknown

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