Word-High July: Habilin

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Genealogy and family history have been my passion since I was a young teenager. I feel that we are called to remember those that have gone on before us, to make sure that they are never forgotten. I dig until I find their stories and save them for our children. Their lives, the remembrance of them, have been given to me for safekeeping.

To My Forefathers

As I lie here among the tombs of old,
I dream about the lives you led.
Big strong men, prolific women,
A thousand stories here are told.

One of you seeking a new life,
Sailed across the ocean to a new land.
Far away from home and alone,
You set up stakes and took a wife.

One wife goes, you take another,
Babies come and babies go.
So hard was life in this new land,
Babies raised without a mother.

As I lie here at your resting place,
Centuries of family embrace me.
I feel the loss of days gone by.
Acceptance and love bring a smile to my face.

Love overwhelms me as I linger here
Words on the stones engraved on my heart
Your blood burns through me, giving me life
Your strength grows in me with each tear.

I remember your strife and hardship;
I feel your love and joy.
You are so happy in this new land,
And I feel the bond of our kinship.

©1998-2016 Suzanne G. McClendon

Please be sure to read David’s post over at Random Thoughts and Observations.

Please also visit our hostess Rosema at Word-High July.

Disclaimer: These Filipino word images are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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21 Responses to Word-High July: Habilin

  1. rosemawrites says:

    oh dear. what a touching poem. They will never be forgotten as long as people like you choose to remember. 🙂 ❤

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  2. this is absolutely amazing Suzanne.

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  3. What a wonderful poem, Suzanne, very touching.
    Genealogy is so interesting, I am sure mine would be, however I have got so many other projects 😉

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    • You really should create a slot for it in your project list. You’d be amazed at the stories that you can uncover. Until relatively recently, I didn’t know that part of my family fell victim to a massacre involving Indians. My family members were on both sides of that battle. I have always loved history, so I guess that bleeds over into my love of family history, too. It is cool to find my family’s place in the history of this country. Have a blessed day! 🙂


  4. Davy D says:

    A lovely poem Suzanne. What our ancestors left us should be honoured as it gave us the spirit to be what we are today.

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  5. Lovely Suzanne….have a beautiful day, friend.

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  6. maria says:

    This is beyond beautiful. The message you write here so poignantly well echoes to our hearts. ❤️

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