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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

Mary 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 composed by me in response to a challenge posted at Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Poetry and Genealogy . . . and the Wordle (name cloud) was created at . . .


Greta Koehl said...

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

Diana Ritchie 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? :)

Joan said...

A lovely post. Lovely thoughts and words! And the Wordle gives such an ethereal feel to the words and folks long past.

BeNotForgot said...

Good morning, Joan . . . and thank you for stopping by for a visit with the Grandmas . . . 'tis always a delight to hear from you . . . V. . . .

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