Thursday, June 26, 2008


The following poem was submitted to my favorite genealogical/family history magazine, the U.K.'s Your Family History, by Marion Gray. Marion's was the letter of the month in YFT 66. You can also find the poem on the magazine's website.

I love it! It is so, well, us.


I find it so emotional
As I scan the family tree
Just to trace the generations
Which all struggled afore me.
I study each in detail
And I bring each back to life;
Oh, each has had such troubles
Rife within a life of strife.
All tried to scratch a living
All a-swim against the tide;
All valiant and mindful
Of the family’s guarded pride.
Yet spells with little money
And a lack of useful work
Taught each, parental management,
Was a duty not to shirk.

Yet varying responses
Were expressed each dawning day
And in sundry-torn directions
Did my forebears make their way.
Some languished in the poor-house
With the family scattered wide;
Oh, what misery and heartache
For lost dreams and hope to ride.
And debtors prisons waited
To entrap more than a few,
Hoping hope against all hope
Someone could pay the due.
And who, of course, is blameless
When they steal their daily bread
To be scattered to the four winds
And to transportation sped.

Oh, what misery and heartache
Bring the mists unto the eye
Where Salvation’s hope is hastened
By necessity to die.
So hearken, generations
Of my family gone ahead,
I take interest in your story
For your memory’s not dead.
Oh, would that I had been there
In your greatest hour of need,
To give a little comfort
And some seed of hope to feed.
Too late now for assistance
Though remembered long in time
Beyond your comprehension
By the latest in your line.


Ian is also responsible for my new favorite word "Ancestorizing," known in the U.K. as "Ancestorising." I will add it to my all time favorite - blodging.



Blogger Nikki - Notes of Life said...

I bought the magazine this afternoon, but haven't got around to reading it yet :)

June 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM  

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