Rooting – for dVerse

The strength of the tree
is in its roots –
that dark mirror
that plunges into
the scented dark,
where strange creatures,
many legged,
dark carapaced,
nest among its
secret branchings.

The power of the tree
is there, in the fine,
searching threads,
all mouth,
blind nipple-suckling
water, seeking out
mineral sustenance
down there,
where the worm
glides silent
in its heavy medium,

and that depth
holds the tree,
supports the green,
dancing leaves,
the bright blossom,
the round, ripening fruit,
all nourished by
that subterranean
echo, that patient
force, stone splitting,
creeping down
into the darkest places,
finding life there.


Paul is hosting at dVerse tonight, and asking us to go underground. We are all rooted in Mother Earth, she holds the mysteries of life and death for us. 

13 thoughts on “Rooting – for dVerse

  1. Nicely done, Sarah. I think I might have guessed you’d write this about trees. 🙂
    I’m picturing the big oak we have in our backyard.
    From the darkness comes the beauty and light–a metaphor of life and creation.

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  2. ooooh I love this take on the prompt. The delving down into the roots of the tree…..your imagery is delicious…it’s almost imagining the feelings of the tree…it’s underground life that folks don’t see. We only see the dancing green leaves and the branches. That worm that is crawling beneath the tree’s feet…..and that “blind nipple-sucking”….that first stanza especially is quite amazing!


  3. You have captured the depths of underground for sure. I enjoyed every line. A tree’s roots creep right across the forest floor, meeting and interlocking with all the others. There is an entire living community down there, that communicates with each other.

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