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Poetry: “Roots”

Giving credit to Orla Gartland’s song “Roots”, which inspired the thought behind this poem.



Mankind shares a feature
With plants of every sort
Like them we dig our heels in
And lay down our roots

We are seeded when we’re young
And there our roots might stay
In places where we’ve lived and grown
To our final height

In some cases we must move
We dig our own roots up
Then carried in a bucket
We bring them far and wide

Eventually we settle in
We let our roots grow in
In some new place where we’re at home
And finally grow strong

Pitied are the unfortunates
Uprooted against their will
Who never find that solid ground
To settle themselves down


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