Rooted Deep – Poem of the Month – May 2020

Rooted Deep

Days, weeks, months
of verbal battles
and silences 
Jockeying for post position
in a race of insanity
Who can shout the loudest?
Who will be heard?
Who can inflict
the most pain?
Where is the breaking point?
and there it was
The finality of action
A divisive statement 
spat like venom from
a snake’s jaws
The words slowly resonating
and the brain processing
It was at that darkest moment
we crossed the Delaware
The coin had dropped
in the slot
The words ceased
and silence prevailed
A rainbow appeared
as clarity was found
A tumultuous synergy
ingrained in the soul
A dying ember destined
to be the eternal flame
Sometimes blinded
and confused
but tethered
by heart strings
A love with roots deep
from another time

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  24 comments for “Rooted Deep – Poem of the Month – May 2020

  1. May 2, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I like your ending lines. Love will win.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 3, 2020 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Ali. I’m happy you liked it. ☺️

  2. Beverly Crawford
    May 2, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Navigating the breaking point together, as Washington crossed the Delaware, forges a love stronger and everlasting. Well written.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 3, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Thank you so much Beverly. I’m happy you enjoyed that line ☺️

  3. May 1, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I love the incorporation of the Delaware Crossing comparison.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks Jay. It was an achievement! ☺️

      • May 2, 2020 at 9:22 am

        Sounds like it!

  4. May 1, 2020 at 6:39 am

    I like the progression if I interpreted it correctly going from divisive statement to silence to an eternal flame.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2020 at 8:13 am

      Yes you did interpret it very well Frank. Thank you so much 🙂

  5. May 1, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Beautiful, through and through, and the last verse was a great ending

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2020 at 8:14 am

      Thanks so much Jude. I appreciate it 🥰

      • May 1, 2020 at 8:28 am

        My pleasure

  6. May 1, 2020 at 5:06 am

    It is so hard to get to that deep root of love, Christine, when things aren’t going right, and patience can often fly out the window. Sometimes the shouting is the only release, but it doesn’t really help the situation. You’ve captured that so well in this poem, so much so that I wanted to wade in and referee! I like the way you isolated the lines:
    ‘It was at that darkest moment
    we crossed the Delaware’
    A breakthrough indeed and the rainbow tied it up neatly!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2020 at 8:16 am

      Thank you so much Kim. I really appreciate it and your interpretation is spot on ☺️

  7. April 30, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Beautiful poem. I especially liked the last verse.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 8, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

  8. April 30, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Love finds a way to hold on. Lovely poem.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2020 at 8:21 am

      When it is truly love, yes it does! 🙂💕

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  9. April 30, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    love that has deep roots will triumph – lots of messages here Christine, crossing the river holds significance for me, over water a curse has no power, well at least what we were told to believe. wonderful poem!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2020 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you Gina. I did not know that a curse could not travel across water. How fascinating! It would also apply to the line My reference to crossing the Delaware was about George Washington’s massive success during the revolutionary war. 💕🙂

      • May 1, 2020 at 11:55 pm

        a myth here I suppose, but maybe held some sort of persuasion back in the day. Thank you for the clarification on the Delaware River, I have driven by it and it is beautiful, also the salt flats nearby.

  10. April 30, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    The moment found, clear as day…
    “A rainbow appeared
    as clarity was found”

    • Christine Bolton
      May 1, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you dear Ivor 💕🙂

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