Our Roots by Terri Bonow October 29, 2014
Our collective human roots celebrate forefathers, foremothers
Who were these family members?
So long ago, and just yesterday
We learn of their unique struggles from day to day.
Or we guess at their varied and many adventures
Did they accomplish dreams, love their ventures?
Some were pioneers, women of change
Men of determination, some had fame.
Long legged lumberjacks cutting through the woods
Their axes surely killed the giant redwoods.
Endeavoring women, red quilted and ready
Keeping their families fed and steady.
Rugged shipman and cattleman dredging in muck
To keep bread on the table, surviving with luck.
Artists, writers, doctors, men of labor
Families of substance, those we succor.
Many fought the elements, learned to remain
Or so many family stories explain.
By work, love, and hardships we all make our mark
Times before, even today we weave our webs, create our spark.
We all are imparting mysteries, telling tales
Surviving-our colorful human family continues to prevail.