Roots and Branches verse.

In distant lands we have our roots, our ancestors, our DNA

Can be discovered- do we need to know what happened yesterday?

Is it essential for our peace of mind to know our family tree-

To know if they were poor or rich, or good or evil, slave or free?

If there are branches still unknown should they affect my life today?

Could knowing who came years before change who we are or what we say?

I am the child my mother bore, that nature, nurture both combined.

My life is like an open book with no dark secrets yet to find.

I do not weep for soldiers lost, or guilty feel for wickedness.

I was not there, judge me alone on my own failure or success.


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I am a retired schoolteacher now writing novels in Worthing where I live with my husband. After eight locally based relationship novels I have now written a children's story which could be considered a pastiche of Beverley Nichol's works which I loved as a child and still remember fondly. " Penny Down the Drain" may remind folk of " Alice in Wonderland " or " Narnia." but it is set in the 21st century. Our two sons are similarly creative as one is a journalist and the other an actor. When there is no pandemic I am the publicity secretary for Worthing Friendship Centre and listen to live music , folk and jazz.

2 thoughts on “Roots and Branches verse.”

  1. Who are the legitimate judges? Only you can determine what are your failures and successes, and often, only in retrospect.

    I also believe we are the products of a blend of histories from nature/nurture, but also the stories and traditions we were raised within.


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