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.

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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 32 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an empty 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! 🙂

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  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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