The Week of Grounding

by Tanya Southey   Feb 11, 2020

There is a reason we need roots
connecting us to each other,
canopies of leaves
reaching for the sky

our feet remained
planted in our earthbound dreams

There is a reason our
feet need to feel the sand
beneath them, while the waves
beckon us into the deep unknown

on solid plains
we know we are home

There is a reason our hearts
need the solid space
of friendship, while there
are more people in the world
than we could meet in a lifetime

in crowds
we know we are not alone.

© Tanya Southey


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  • 4 months ago

    by mossgirl19

    It's a beautiful poem Tanya. And I love and felt the sentiment. The happiness of being with the people we love in places we love to be...where we can be who we are without sugar coating anything.

  • 4 months ago

    by Ben Pickard

    Your delicacy and use of descriptive language is a pleasure to read, Tanya.

    All the very best as ever.

    • 4 months ago

      by Tanya Southey

      Thanks Ben. Appreciate it. Do you run the site? I have a stake in a publishing company and poetry is taking off, wondering about an anthology from this site?

  • 5 months ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Was not 100% on board with "beached" here, but I get what you meant.

    Love the cohesiveness and hope in this - from the depths of being roots to realizing the beauty of being grounded, of feeling alive here and now and knowing we are not stranded on this earth. We have allies and family and places of home in so many people.

    This lifted my spirits up, thanks for that! :)

    • 4 months ago

      by Tanya Southey

      Thanks Poet. I think I used "beached" as I hate crowds. I feel like a whale, beached, when I am with crowds that are milling :)

      Thank you for always interacting with my words.

  • 5 months ago

    by Star

    We don’t need to fly to realize our dreams. Being grounded, and feeling safe and belonging can get us there.
    I really enjoyed this ^_^

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