Our Roots

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.


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