Here’s a new poem I’ve written, called “Rooted”. I saw these tangled, blood-red tree roots while we were out on a walk, and it occurred to me that the two of us are like those roots. The poem is in mono-rhyme form, meaning that every line of the poem ends with the same sound. In this case, all the lines end with words that rhyme with the last word in the first line, “there”. Using a mono-rhyme scheme creates lines that are similar to roots: they run into each other without breaks, all the same, all smooth and flowing. So, each line has the same number of syllables – seven, which means that to get it to work out, I had to resort to French to find words that fit and also rhyme.
ROOTED Past the turn of the trail, there he is, peering, unaware of me, at the tree roots, bare of debris. A scarlet flare now shows through a gap, a tear in the soil bed, beneath where growths push up into the air. Sap flows carmine to prepare for spring. In the earthy lair below: un rouge luminaire, glowing in the dark. We stare at them snaking through the gair, those red limbs that form a stair. And know, we’re like that, a pair - nous, enraciné dans la terre.
*un rouge luminaire – a red light/lamp
*gair – a strip or patch of fertile grass
*nous, enraciné dans la terre – us, rooted in the earth
Here’s some more poems by me, the Bear of Little Brain.