Caribbean, Gardener / cultivating the archipelago / Deborah Jack

cultivating the archipelago 

how to grow in this (a)salted (is)lands
to be planted in unknown land
unfamiliar soil
by hostile hands

we become garden and gardeners
from growing wild on hillsides
with weeds that flower

our roots busting up ruins
outlasting structures of empire

to coastline gardens
with plants that protect
watered by the sea and rains
we are intertidal imaginaries
cultivate resistance in roots and rhizome 

our gardens are where we take
the dust of volcanoes
The bones of ancestors
The salt of storms and tears
and manifest fecundity
and nourish ourselves on
offspring rooting and routing
the archipelago 

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