Sole Genealogy

Monarch Butterfly

One acorn’s code can make an oak 
that stands a hundred years or more,
so why spread thousands wastefully
across the forest’s earthen floor?

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I watch a monarch probe a flower,
its ancient skill hid in its genes.
She’s very good at what she does,
but why those wondrous orange wings?

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Just like his granddad years ago,
my son is tall and confident.
He’s his own man…or maybe not…
by ancestry his features lent?

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Once I wondered…when does God
touch the tiny flesh and bone 
inside the womb to add a soul 
magically and crown it “man.”

But, could it be that souls are not
attached, but mingled all along—
in oaks and monarchs—grand-dads too; 
that each is never each alone;

that “soul” is but one name for life 
and atoms from the birth of time,
travel in one sacred dance—
a cosmic whole that’s yours and mine?

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We see a child arrive one day,
and witness wants a start that’s clear.
We mark the day and name it “birth,”
then celebrate it once a year.

But what to us seems just now born
was living somewhere all along,
a bit of one unbroken flow,
streamed by life—not born but borne.

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Sole Genealogy — 4 Comments

  1. Thanks Carol and Ruth.I have come to believe that the better humans see how we are part of a whole, the more we will understand what it takes to build a safe and happy life on earth.

  2. Very well said. I’ve always believed that all life is interconnected. Perhaps that’s why I’m in awe of nature and have such a strong connection with my dogs. Dr. Joseph Murphy, clergyman and author writes: “Life is a progression. Our voyage is ever onward, upward, and godword. All things in the universe gradually return to the formless. And the formless is forever taking new shapes. We go from glory to glory, strength to strength, and wisdom to wisdom.” Not usually interested in poetry but I liked this.

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