Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Taking Root

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We relocated the plants today–
disrupted whole ecosystems
unseen to our eyes.
We had to make room
for the new extension.
The gardener said
the plants might not take root
in their new soil–
but we had to take a chance.

Every hour
I go out to drench the earth
with water–
to help the hydrangeas,
feed the fuchsia,
save the strawberries–
and I'm reminded of
something I can't put my finger on.

I recall those two years we spent
trying to bring you into the world,
and the seed that failed
before you–
took root,
but then wilted
and died,
bleeding out of me
like rose petals
dropping out of season.

I grew up in a desert
and never knew much about
keeping plants alive–
never even cared.
every hour
I go out to drench the earth
with water–
to help the hydrangeas,
feed the fuchsia,
save the strawberries.

Vrinda originally grew up in Arizona, but moved to England in 1999, where she now lives with her husband and their two children. She holds a BA Hons in English with Creative Writing, as well as a Proofreading qualification through the Publishing Training Centre, and offers freelance proofreading, editing and writing coaching services to other independent writers. Her first novel was The Ladder, a story about two friends learning to grow through their difficult childhoods and find the light that lies inside themselves. This was followed by the YA sci-fi/fantasy series The Wisdom, available from all good e-book shops. Vrinda also runs a publishing house for writers with neurological conditions (e.g. autism, ADHD, Tourette’s) called Conditional Publications, and she regularly blogs for the website. On the side, she writes and performs her own music, runs a herbal tea review blog with a friend, and she is an avid tarot enthusiast. Her poem Taking Root was inspired by a miscarriage in October 2015, resulting from a medical check-up that went horribly wrong. It took her over two years to move past the incident, and the baby’s due date—20th June—will be forever honoured in her heart.

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