We sewed our hearts into the soil –
tended the dirt with a delicate touch,
settling each grain into its quarters.
But as seeds edged out their shoots,
fumbling into their first lick of light,
dawn smacked down and I saw –
something more rugged than I’d have
imagined, than I’d have liked, than
the packet warned.
I fire out a flower – a flare that flames
the horizon, a distress signal that says:
please, dig me out of this dirt!
I wrestle with the soil, trying to rip free
of my roots, shifting like a shore
as it shovels free of its sand, but alas –
I am stuck.
Artwork by Matthew Seccombe in response to “The Roots”.
Jade Cuttle is a BBC Introducing poetic-folk songwriter, journalist and the Illkley Literature Festival Poet-in Residence Apprentice. Jade has worked for publications including The Guardian and The Culture Trip. After winning 1st place in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition, Jade has gone on to perform her poetry and songs live on BBC Radio 3 and across the BBC Introducing platform.