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Family Tree

February 26, 2009
By abigail(: BRONZE, Kamuela, Hawaii
abigail(: BRONZE, Kamuela, Hawaii
4 articles 15 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know whatcha gonna get"

I am from
The land controlled by monarchy
From gondolas in the city relaxed above the water's ripples
From bagpipes and plaid skirts
From diminuitive clans treasuring pots of golden coins

I am from
Wooden planks, vessel formed, that carried determined immigrants to the New World
From disease and struggle that limited opportunity
From children forgotten and assigned new names

I am from
The mountains that hide the shadows of the laboring, seldom paid
From the irony of home-grown food inadequate to ease hungry mouths
From gnarled hands and weakened knees aged from turning the soil

I am from
A layered tree, tall and still standing, brought to life with limbs and leaves. Each fallen leaf has joined the soil and given itself to the family tree.

The author's comments:
This piece reflects on the multinational origins of a typical family.

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This article has 3 comments.

maddie1997 said...
on Apr. 13 2010 at 3:13 pm
very interesting way to describe her heritage

mark said...
on Jan. 12 2010 at 6:03 pm
it is very descriptive. good job

olivia said...
on Jan. 12 2010 at 6:02 pm
this is great