Val Jennings

Rookie - 0 Points (18 June 1941 / Walkermine, Plumas, California, USA)

Uprooting The Family Tree - Poem by Val Jennings

I wanted to explore
and let my family see
the wonder of our past
found in our family tree.

So I labeled all the branches
and wrote upon the leaves.
I identified kings and captains
and murderers and thieves.

I found many branches broken
with limbs that wouldn't mend.
Then I'd reach down and root
it up and find another friend.

A tree so deeply planted
into this mortal place.
Requires constant nourishment
so the fruit has a delicious taste.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 24, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 11, 2011

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