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Saturday 23 November 2019

HEREDITARY

Lying here beneath my feet
is my story.
My history in these bones
gnawed by burrowing rodents,
relics of lifespans lived out
in unfamiliar lands.

These gravestones, lichen encrusted,
bear stark witness
to time's relentless onward march -
so irrelevant in my childhood -
that is slowly but surely grinding
my own flesh into dust.

Oh how they touch me, moment to moment,
these dearly departed!
My bemoaned loneliness becomes
hypocrisy. Just a glance around to see
they're all here and part of me.
Proof enough. And I consider now their lives:

the highs and lows of experience.
Swedish Great Grandmother, Danish Great Great Grandfather and the rest
reach skeletal hands to pull me in.
And an impression looms within earthy depths
of a gene pool, congealed into calcium deposits,
that once wore flesh and flowing hair.

Ah, these long lost relatives! They
are such a puzzling paradox:
perennially here, through births, weddings,
funerals and family heirlooms
and their blood pumping through my veins
takes me with them, like the undead,

into eternity, defying mortality
from century to century until I go,
a link in the hereditary chain of descent,
to rest beside them
and take root
while the living forget my name.

43 comments:

  1. Thank God that pigeon is gone...! :).
    AND..guess what l'm having for Sunday
    lunch tomorrow...???
    🕊️(sorry..no pigeon emojis)

    I'm in one of those 'funny' moods to~day,
    Seeing the funny side of everything..So..
    reading through this intense poem..! :)
    Various things came to light..And..the
    writing here applies to each and every one
    of us..'chain of decent' 'the undead' 'burrowing
    rodents' 'calcium deposits'..
    So this means more than the passing on of
    characteristics (as the color of the eyes or hair)
    from parents to offspring...
    Much more meaning and depth..
    And..There are four types of inheritance that you
    are expected to understand....
    1)Complete dominance..
    2)Incomplete dominance..
    3)Co-dominance..
    4)Sex-linked..

    So..l'm off to make some lemon tea..and l will
    return for another read..think back to my chain
    of decent..which cannot be revealed..! 😉
    ✨🍑✨ ✨🍑✨ ✨🍑✨ ✨🍑✨ ✨🍑✨ ✨🍑✨

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    1. Ha, so you have secrets too, eh?! 😉
      Hope you enjoyed your lemon tea!!!

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  2. Ygraine
    Under our feet are the paths we follow, the friends we know, and the stories we gather from them. Here we are alive and I will never forget your name!

    Beautiful your poem!
    Kisses !!!

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    1. Aww...so kind, Doug...and my most heartfelt thanks!😊😊

      Kisses xxx

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  3. A visit to pay ones respect and feel the connection to our past and to be near them.
    Beautifully written my dear friend 💮

    All My Love and Hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Dearest Jan...oh thank you so, so much!😊😊
      I do hope all is good with you...
      Lots of love and hugs, always ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  4. Thanks for your sharing 😊

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  5. Wow, so full of meaning! Actually I think we as humans are kind of immortal, because of being ancestors. I mean as long as we think and remember bout our greatgrandfathers and mothers, they still live somehow. Very beautifully written as always. Have a lovely Sunday ☺

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    1. I hadn't thought of it that way...but I guess we are immortal, in a sense, aren't we?
      Than you so, so much!😊😊

      Wishing you a great Monday!

      Hugs xxx

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  6. At least part of my family line stops with me. My (half) brothers continue another branch.
    And a big and emphatic YES to your beautiful poem. Thank you, as always.

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    1. Oh that is sad, dear Sue. I do feel for you (unless, of course, it was by choice).
      The same is true of my brother. Both his son and daughter are unable to have children...🙁

      I am really happy you enjoyed...and my heartfelt thanks!😊😊

      Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  7. __ I was called, "HUNky" as a child... though I honor all from which I came, I later found my stronger "HUNgarian" genetics among my Irish, and some Welsh. As a "HUNky", that caries a Four Leaf Clover, I'm quite happy with all that had made me! _m

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    1. A fascinating story of your origins, Doug...many thanks for sharing that!
      I only began learning about my ancestors when my niece began tracing then...and now I am hooked! I wonder what else I'll discover...

      Many thanks.😊😊

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  8. Yes our stories are all below our feet, or in the air, depending where we look, how we see. Wonderful. I’m here at this screen, walking trough an imagined family graveyard and trying to remember their names, knowing my name will become forgettable too.

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    1. Do you ever wonder if...in many years to come...a descendent of yours may come in search of you? I do. And then, I wonder what he/she will be like...and where they will live etc. I find it all SO fascinating!
      Many thanks, Anthony...😊😊

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  9. It's ...in a way...like reading an Anne Rice novel - your words - the way you express them. this is really something!

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    1. I have never heard of Anne Rice (please forgive me for that), so will have to seek out her work!
      Oh wow, thank you so, so much!😊😊

      Hugs xxx

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  10. Bellissima la tua poesia.
    Buona domenica.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Giancarlo...I truly appreciate that!!😊😊

      Have a super day!

      Hugs xxx

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  11. I think the living should always take time to remember those from times … years gone.

    I always enjoy reading your poems, thanks Ygraine.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I have always been curious about where I came from...and I think there's still a lot to learn.
      As a Druid, I learned to honour the Ancestors very early on in my training...but it was many years before I began to regard them as individual personalities.
      Now, I am utterly fascinated!

      Thank you so much, Jan...so happy you enjoyed!😊😊

      Have a great day!

      Hugs xxx

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  12. a powerful magnificent poem dear Ygraine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i could never stop wondering about them who came on this planet and left
    i feel so connected to them ,my touch to crust of earth make me realize how they are sustained within this soil ,not just their bodies in the sand but their actions ,words and the echo of their souls ,i can hear ,sometimes it is way to connection though sometimes it is weirdly miserable
    hats off to you my wonderful friend ,the strength of your imagination is worth beyond appreciation :) hugs and blessings!

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    1. It really is such a fascinating subject, isn't it?
      Our Ancestors are the ones who made us all we are today...all their joys...and their pains...are, I guess, evident in our strengths and weaknesses.
      And then...there is reincarnation added to the mix (I am a firm believer in that).
      All this gives meaning to my existence, and makes me feel I belong.
      Oh thank you so much, dearest Baili...your kind words comfort my Soul. 😊😊

      Sending you much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  13. Oh thank you...so kind! 😊😊

    Have a super day!

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  14. ...And one day, we'll be one of them. Will anyone write us a poem as beautiful and profound as this one?

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    1. I guess it would be nice to be remembered 😉
      Oh thank you so much for your kind words...they are so appreciated!😊😊

      Hugs xxx

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    1. Thank you...so happy you enjoyed!😊😊

      Hugs xxx

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  16. I once learned how to be a person who is able to make poetry, but it was very difficult for me to do, because to be able to write good poetry was not easy.

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    1. I think, maybe, the best way is to just write from your heart...or your imagination.
      I don't believe my poetry is very good...I just find writing very therapeutic!
      Thank you 😊😊

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  17. Thank you so much!😊😊 xxx

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  18. Wonderful, how I love yours poems Ygraine, send you love and hugs xoxoxo

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    1. Aww...thank you, dearest Gloria... I'm so happy you enjoyed!😊😊

      Much love and hugs back ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  19. Love your new picture, you looks beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm really glad you like the picture! xxx

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  20. estupendo! 👍👍👍 Muchas gracias por la visita! Feliz día! 😘😘😘

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    1. Oh WOW...my heartfelt thanks, Carolina!!
      Visiting your blog is always a real pleasure!😊😊

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    1. 😊😊 Have a super weekend!! xxx

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