Dear Ancestor

This was sent to me by Mary, a Genealogist from America who, like me is researching a Hazel/Hazle family tree of Norfolk England. I thought it was so good I’ll share with you,

Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest;

neglected and alone. The name and date are chiseled out,

on polished, marble stone. It reaches out to all who care It is too late to mourn.

You did not know that I exist, You died before 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 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.

–Author unknown–

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