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Dear Ancestor


darwen, lancashire
Hi Everyone,

I just came across this piece of prose and thought it would be nice to share it with everyone.

"Dear Ancestor"
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and the date are chiseled out On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who cares
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I existed
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

I think it is a touching tribute to all our ancestors, What does everyone else think?

Thank you Lynne that is so very poignant I really wish I had been inspired by those words when I recently found and stood by my 4xgrandmother's gravestone.

I shall especially remember the last few lines should I have the opportunity again to meet another member of my bygone family, in that way.

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