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My Roots Go Down

(Inspired by Rising Appalachia—Resilient)

"Roots" photo by Diana Ensign

My Roots Go Down

By Diana J. Ensign

My roots go down.

I’ve Learned to Listen—
Not to the chaos
Or hostile voices
That plant division
With seeds of poison.

My roots go down. 

I’ve Learned to Listen—
To earth’s small creatures
On new adventures
While I plant seeds
Of a world together.

My roots go down.

I know a woman
Whose child has died.
I know a man
Who lost his way.
I know a girl
Who clasps a dream.
I know the people
We were meant to be.

My roots go down.

I’ve Learned to Listen—
To the trees.
To the child.
To the breeze.

I hear the call
To be free.

My roots go down.

I dig in dirt
Down on my knees.
I whisper prayers
To dangling leaves.

My roots go down.
My roots go down.

My roots go down.

Deep.

 

DIANA J. ENSIGN 2020

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