real roots

Mind if I deviate from my usual methods by sharing a poem that I wrote?



Tendrils in roots and flexible wood

Weave forward with ferocity, timidity, strength.

Spring from an oft-slumbering, muddy

Mass of robbery and aspiration,

Whose hollow eyes, yet open, remain closed and

Glaze with fault, not seeing what they observe, or want to,

Driving writhing shoots into stubborn rocks and clumps, which

Hamper paths ahead, and streak

Journey-goers with fear, pain, regret.

Snaking worms struggle to form finite coherency and

Break the shell by dragging away the dirty crust.

Wriggle lengths farther than thought had once carried them,

Look back for the future, grasping and learning in

Slow increments of time.

Push through resilient soul and drudge, hoping to plant a

Seed and spring to life for their maker,

Erupting into leafy, sun-light sprinkled branches and

Spiny carvings for many to touch, break, admire,

Strive to bring worth to that which sent them forth, or

Illuminate the little buried somewhere hidden.

In a bright and ominous moment of agony and success, they may.

Tendrils weave forward in time.

Two questions:

Does this poem have any spiritual significance to you? If so, what?

I’ll be honest—I’m not sure I thought of God very much when I wrote this. However, that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t have gotten something out of it.

Do any fictional characters come to mind? If so, who and why?

I thought of Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter book series. Why? Well, being the youngest of six boys and the best friend of world-famous Harry, Ron must have felt a bit of what this poem expresses. In fact, I think proof of this is found in a few of the books, such as the fourth and the sixth.

What do you think?


5 thoughts on “Weaving

  1. Great connection to Ron Weasley! I can totally see it…there is a lot going on with his character if you look for it. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the poem.


  2. Does this poem have any spiritual significance to you? Yes
    If so, what? All struggle leads us closer to faith. Only in struggle can we know grace, trial and success. This is about such a struggle and in the end of the struggle will emerge a butterfly. At the end of the struggle faith is tested and some measure of success is found.

    Do any fictional characters come to mind? Drizzt Do’Urden
    If so, who and why? The dark elf from R A Salvatore as he struggled from a life of cruelty to freedom on the surface and his struggle to understand love and kindness. Drizzt falls in love with Cattie-Brie (a human) and his life changes. He sets aside the evil ways and forsakes his people to persue a better life. If you haven’t read it and like fantasy the The Dark Elf trillogy is a must read.

    What do you think? I think you have a tallent and should write more. I will be following and reading with anticipation for each new entry.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. And you had some great insight. Thanks for sharing!

      I am definitely interested in that book series now! I’ll have to check it out.

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