Poems & Sayings – Ancestors

Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest;

neglected and alone

The name and date are chiseled out

on polished, marbled stone

It reaches out to all who care

It is too late to mourn

You did not know that I exist

You died and I was born.

Yet each of us are cells of you

in flesh, in blood, in bone.

Our blood contracts and beats a pulse

entirely not our own.

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled

one hundred years ago

Spreads out among the ones you left

who would have loved you so.

I wonder if you lived and loved,

I wonder if you knew

That someday I would find this spot,

and come to visit you.

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We are bound to our ancestors and to those who made us, whether we want to be or not. What matters is what we make of what we are. By Kate Elliott

We are all carrying the imprints of our most ancient ancestors. Not simply in the genetic code, but in the imprints of attention that are passed on. By Frederick Lenz

Our ancestors are totally essential to our every waking moment, although most of us don’t even have the faintest idea about their lives, their trials, their hardships or challenges. By Annie Lennox

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