GENEALOGY POEMS



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MY ANCESTOR GRAND MOTHER

I search for you yet do not even know your name
 I press on praying my efforts will prove fruitful
 the records do not list you or the other women who
 have lived and loved and laughed, gave birth, and died,
the records perpetrate the myth that you were never here
 but I stand whole and bare my soul
 and vow to find you as I live

 I search for you in old records, in churches, at the Embassy,
in small dimly lit rooms
 in the back of obscure libraries and archives
and pour over barely readable handwritten ledgers
with magnifying glass and flashlight
I live on mainly toast these days
there isn’t time for meals or much sleep
feeling as I always do, on the very brink of discovery

Perhaps THIS will be the day I find the one
seemingly insignificant clue, which will lead me to you
although I did not find you listed in the Census Records
I am not deterred, you may turn up yet,
on an Immigration or Naturalization list somewhere perhaps,
or maybe tucked away inside some bank of vital statistics,
long forgotten like so many others,
your name having become lost over the long years

Your name could be lying even now
amidst the millions of documents stored and locked away
safeguarded in the bowels of a giant warehouse
all stopped up from apathetic crowds
who have long ceased their visits
your precious name, lying just inside
a myriad of records packed in tight, packed in to stay
never guessing I would come

© Sarah Elizabeth Rose



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MANY BRANCHES

The Seasons Change / the years fly by
Blowing winds scatter branches from family trees
Sometimes to the farthest reaches of the Earth
where they remain unnoticed for centuries

Beneath the eaves of the mighty branches
the seeds continue generating life
as season follows season and years erase the tracks
of all who've come before

Though most are ordinary seeds, every now and
then a superbly unique seed reaches fruition
containing genealogy imprinting / producing
an overwhelming longing to untangle the roots

Questions flow through sleepless nights
and wakeful dreams where names dates,
and places are whispered,
and trust and patience are imparted

The painstaking journey then begins and once begun
no matter how far / no matter the time or energy spent
the ancient paths will be retraced, and roots
untangled, and names revealed all along the way

At the end of the intense search a surprise awaits;
A new beginning / another search /end / beginning
for each tree has many branches
and the wind is often full of mischief

© 2003 Sarah Elizabeth Rose




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SILK RIBBONS

Sweet infant on your special day; wearing the new
 gown of multi layers of lace and fine silk ribbons /
loving gift from Grandma carrying generations of stories
 connecting you to ancestors long since gone yet still alive

 Wrapped in loving, cherished memories;
 Generations of stitches connecting the newest leaf
 to the family tree. Silk ribbons, first
 as a wedding gift for great grand mother when

 Times were very hard. She wove them into her
 bridal dress and insists it was that which brought her
 a long and happy marriage / She later used the
 silk ribbons for Mama’s trousseau.

 Next they were transformed with love
 into the beautiful special infant gown
 you wear today / coming down to you with all it’s
 generations of love, stories, and symbolism

 How fine you look in your lovely outfit
 with silk ribbons weaving highways north and south
 Wearing generations of your
 family’s history on your tiny shoulders

 What huge responsibility for one so small
 Ancient laced stories of history repeatedly
 being passed down to the next generation
 entrusted to you now, for safe keeping

© Sarah Elizabeth Rose


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