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Our Ancestors Endured

Are Ancestors Endured

So deep in the forest, where it's always dark
Through the gnarled trees, fallen, crooked and mossy
An old, abandoned and neglected graveyard lies
The headstones are tilted, cracked, and broken
There are five stones that go from large to small
The weathered inscriptions hard to make out
Show simply a first name, month and year
William, Anna, Albert, Nellie and Rose
February, March, April, May, and July 1812
They were the forgotten ones,
I grieved for them despite not knowing who they were
My curiosity grew, until I had to know
Through long hours of research, I now knew their story
Tuberculosis took their lives, but what left me pained 
Is that the were a family of six, and the youngest child was not there
Elizabeth would have been seven years old
Left alone as her family died one by one
The hardships our ancestors endured were profound

Overgrown With Vines
September 22, 2016

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 10/9/2016 3:51:00 PM
Tanis, you penned a wonderful poem that really touched my heart. CONGRATULATIONS on your win in my contest ~
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Date: 10/9/2016 11:23:00 AM
You left me wondering about Elizabeth. great write Tanis.
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Date: 10/9/2016 11:16:00 AM
wonderfully written Tanis...congratulations on your placement :)-luloo
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Date: 10/8/2016 2:45:00 PM
Hi Tanis, You penned a sad heartfelt write. It was so tragic.Congratulations on your 2nd place win. It was well deserved: -) Alexis
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Date: 9/27/2016 8:15:00 PM
Wonderful poem,Tanis. I am surprised that nobody has commented on such a thoughtful and descriptive poem that really tells a story. Cheers, SuZ
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