John A'Hern

Gold Star - 5,400 Points (Swansea South Wales, now live in Australia)

Family Tree - Poem by John A'Hern

Age prompts us, pay attention
Time sliding by, intervention.
Family tree a good idea
Photos documents always near,
The Internet helps make search easier.
Sites aplenty offering help
Always a brick wall before the end,
When it is interesting excitement swells.
Names elude you testing patience,
Mother Father without a hitch,
Grandparent's Great-grandparents
All join the queue.
The tree starts growing helped by you,
Losing interest on some days.
Facebook raises some intervention,
Friend requests, their suggestions.
Comments sometimes raise people's ire,
Others tag along without question.
The tree now grows several branches,
Then it all unravels.
Hey you! YES, YOU!
Get back on your branch
Stop confusing putting into a trance.
Check the names once again
Then the branches start to bow.
Who are you, explain yourself?
Next-door neighbours do not count,
Time to reflect there is no doubt.
Sorry Uncle I appear to have left you out!
Dreams take over and early mornings
Floating past autumn leaves are falling.
Awaken shouting but at who,
Family tree puts it branches around you
Sleep and sanity are now surrounding.

Topic(s) of this poem: dreams, families, helpless, tree

Form: Prose Poem

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Time to create that Family tree, memories still fresh of who is who. Or leave it until tomorrow, that is the problem, tomorrow may never come.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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