Revisionist Genealogy 2010
Since the last entry of my
family history, I have learned
a lot of the family tree written down
by recent relatives now passed,
This means I am honor bound
to correct the tree, to revise the
This means I have
been living in the presumption of
a family heritage that did not exist,
at least as previously put forth.
In a way, this feels like a reprieve.
There is new hope of the chance
to retrieve a better tradition,
a new theory of relativity.
We did not descend from an
ancestor arriving on the Mayflower,
unless he came on a later voyage.
Each documented truth removes
me one more step from the
family dysfunction where I grew up;
from the family where I never fit;
and from which I was exiled.
That family remains
in the perpetuated state
of false recollections of a pedigree
that did not exist. Ironically, it is they
who have been disenfranchised.
I am freed by the truth by which
I have intuitively lived, and from this
new perspective, realize
I am the one with a legacy,
to pass on to the world.
To Those who read this blog, I apologize for misleading anyone by the mistaken information I posted here. I am profoundly sorry for my part in perpetuating these errors. I have, however asked others who found the discrepancies to let me know and I would correct them. And slowly, I will do so. My poem above reflects the humor I see in this situation.
The picture of the model of the Mayflower, and the writing about its history came from the 1957 Collier's Encyclopedia.
Writing on this post is the Copyright © of Ruth Zachary, Mistakes included.