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Within My Blood

Updated on April 20, 2014
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Within My Blood

By Tony DeLorger © 2014

The blood that runs through my veins,

is the echo of my ancestry,

thousands of lives all lived and spent,

surging through my mind and soul,

reminding me of whence I came,

the perils and the hardship,

the love and heart-filled bliss,

of so many of my own, fallen before me.

I sometimes hear their voices,

faint but decisive pleas,

from all that lived before this life,

their joys and pain and experience,

living within my flesh,

flowing like a primordial river,

the dark beginnings and stoic stands,

of my flesh and blood seeds.

How they resonate within me,

unknown souls that connect me,

to a family of beings who forged a path,

who stood before life and chose their fate,

lived with pride, lived with impropriety,

lived with oppression and imperfections,

and through it all, they now call to me,

give purpose and direction to my lonely path.

When I close my eyes I can see their faces,

aristocratic, warn and dishevelled,

elegant and pretty, talented and lowly,

all those people that could be,

woven into life like colored threads,

and I in that cauldron, the subtotal of them,

woven threads tight into the fabric of me,

what now I am all those lives after them.

My name forever resounds in my mind,

for all it means, and has meant in life,

and I salute them of the past, in my present,

all those who gave to me, myself.


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      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I'm thrilled you liked it so much Dotti, and appreciate you leaving a comment here. Hope you had a great Easter. Take care of yourself.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      My pleasure whonu, so glad you connected. It always blows me away how life works and the process of our life and evolution. Just had to write about it. Take care.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks John, I really appreciate you kind words and I am humbled I can inspire you with my work. Take care my friend.

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      5 years ago

      Tony this is just wonderful...and insightful, and so unique in the way you quietly shock us with the reality of the many lives past, that were forerunners to the person we now are...Interesting, and beautifully stated.

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      5 years ago from United States

      Well done my friend. We can all be thankful for our predecessors and all that they have given us. Perhaps we may hope and try to be worthy of their gifts. Thanks for sharing this. whonu

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love everything about this poem Tony. The images it creates are amazing and this gives importance to all have gone before us and made us who we are. The beautiful pictures just add to the wonder of this Poem. The poetic standard you set just makes me aim higher. Voted up and shared.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      You are so kind Ms Dora, and I'm so glad my thoughts please you. Thank you so much. Take care.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Tony, you appeal directly to our senses of sight and hearing, helping us also see and hear the ancestors calling us to a life of purpose. Your poetry always inspires. In celebration of Annul Poetry month, I'd like you to know that you are among my favorite HP poets.


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