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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Begotten & never forgotten


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I hear the voices of my grandmas
Calling out from a distant past
"Please do not let us be forgot.
Record our stories that we may last."

Tell the children of our wanderings
Let the kinfolk hear the tales
How we braved the new horizons
How we blazed the olden trails.

How we buried too many babies
How we struggled to keep them fed
How we caressed the hands of our loved ones
As they lay dying on their beds.

How we endured many a hardship
With an eye to the future goal
To create a more promising future
And to keep our family whole.

They were as different from each other
As the scraps in a crazy quilt
Yet once the pieces were sewn together
Another generation they had built

I can sense them calling out to me
From the gloaming of my past
"Please do not let us be forgot.
Record our stories that we may last."



Begotten . . .
and may they never be forgotten . . .
Remembering . . .


Berta Mary Sharp, and her mother, Nellie Lemaire
Elizabeth Marilla Smith, and her mother, Eva May Brackett
Ima Lois Muston, and her mother, Emma Patience Nettles
Jerusha Marilla Barker, and her mother, Jerusha Lakin Hobbs
Josephine Wingfield Davis, and her mother, America James Fears
Mahala Lee Roberts, and her mother, Patsy Gill
Mary Alexandrien Lemaire, and her mother, Elizabeth Waring
Mary Annie West, and her mother, Sarah Mildred Carter
Mollie Olive, and her mother, Clementine Jordan
Nancy Virilla Quinn, and her mother, Sushannah
Phoebe Merrill, and her mother, Olive Jane Goodwin



The above family poem was actually composed in response to a challenge posted at Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Poetry and Genealogy . . . and the Wordle (name cloud) was created at wordle.net . . .


3 comments:

Greta Koehl said...

Beautiful! This is such a difficult Saturday night challenge, yet you came up with a thoughtful and lovely poem.

DianaR said...

This is such a wonderful response to Randy's challenge! I like how you incorporated a Wordle into it as well. I would have to say that this is the "winning" entry :-)

BeNotForgot said...

Thank you, Greta and Diana, for taking the time to read and comment. I normally struggle when I attempt to compose words in some sort of pleasing manner, but this one just sort of took on a life of it's own. A "gift" from the grandmas? :)

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