Poetry

Ancestors

Thank you 
for your strength
For your fortitude-
your knack for 
survival.

You are sturdy and
made me 
sturdy.

Your bones 
do not break, 
bend to the weight 
of this world.

Do not shatter
but sing.

I am 
resilient
because of your 
pain.

Bone of your bone,
flesh of your
flesh.

I rise
from the ashes 
of your strife.

Your minds,
focused on 
the task at hand.
Present, able bodied,
joyful.

You didn’t fear 
the future,
you rarely thought of it.

You didn’t need
its false guarantees
you knew
there were none. 

You accepted
life’s bargain
and put your 
full weight
behind it.

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