Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dear Ancestor

I found this poem on Cyndy's Genealogy Pages, a TNG site


Dear Ancestor


Your tombstone stands among the rest
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiselled out
on polished, marbeled 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 heart 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 as you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
and come to visit you.

Author Unknown

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