Friday, March 15, 2019

My Ancestry DNA by Fred LaMotte

 My Ancestry DNA results came in. 
Just as I suspected, my great great grandfather was a monarch butterfly.

Much of who I am is still wriggling under a stone.
I am part larva, but part hummingbird too.
There is dinosaur tar in my bone marrow.
My golden hair sprang out of a meadow in Palestine.
Genghis Khan is my fourth cousin,
but I didn't get his dimples.
My loins are loaded with banyan seeds from Sri Lanka,
but I descended from Ravanna, not Ram.
My uncle is a mastodon.
There are traces of white people in my saliva.
3.7 billion years ago I swirled in golden dust,
dreaming of a planet overgrown with lingams and yonis.
More recently, say 60,000 B.C.
I walked on hairy paws across a land bridge
joining Sweden to Botswana.
I am the bastard of the sun and moon.
I can no longer hide my heritage of raindrops and cougar scat.
I am made of your grandmother's tears.


You conquered rival tribesmen of your own color,
chained them together, marched them naked to the coast,
and sold them to colonials from Savannah.
I was that brother you sold, I was the slave trader,
I was the chain.
Admit it, you have wings, vast and golden,
like mine, like mine.
You have sweat, black and salty,
like mine, like mine.
You have secrets silently singing in your blood,
like mine, like mine.
Don't pretend that earth is not one family.
Don't pretend we never hung from the same branch.
Don't pretend we don't ripen on each other's breath.
Don't pretend we didn't come here to forgive.



with thanks to California Josie for sharing this lovely poem with me . . .

10 comments:

Barbara Rogers said...

Thank you...one of my favorites. In the face of man's inhumanity to man, we all need a reminder of our brotherhood (sisterhood.) I'm feeling more sadness than I expected. I am at least able to feel.

KarenB said...

That's beautiful. Thank you

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh, it is lovely indeed. Thanks for sharing it.

Bernie said...

Beautiful, I feel same way only wish I had wrote this. ❤️❤️

Gayle Pearson said...

I too, did not know of this author. Thank you for posting this Vicki. Especially poignant today. May I share?

Vicki Lane said...

Of course, Gayle.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, how I love this poem! It's going on my FB page right now. Is he, by any chance, related to Annie Lamotte?

Deana the Queena

Vicki Lane said...

Deana -- I don't know.

Vicki Lane said...

Now I know -- Fred LaMotte -- Ann Lamott -- different spellings therefore probably not closely related.

Thérèse said...

This poem shows the power of Nature and of Sharing.