Genealogy by Robert Hamill
Children and friends lift recent deceased to close cumulus clouds
Embodying family myths and lessons
They guide our daily lives.
Descendents cull the family heavens
Adjusting the residents up and down.
Sharper and brighter
Or more faded and dull.
Security outweighs liberty, Uncle Preacher in the Cave is great
Form dominates beauty, Grandma Moses shifts in her chair.
The tally of plus and minus
Changing with age's sticks.
Objectivity lauds the Absolute
Subjectivity recognizes knowledge limits.
Herodotus allows a few
Into the halls of history.
The great, the important, the interesting, the evil
Live on forever.
Their deeds the groundwork of our days
Controlling us as Zeus from towering Olympus.