Sunday, June 21, 2009

Family Tapesrty

At Ellis Island,
Clerk read Franz Rurka's Czech tag
-wrote down Frank Robbins.

Grandpa showed bookshelf,
Where he kept family tree
-we looked at the lines:
Some back to Ellis Island,
Others back to Mayflower!

Copyright©2009

One Single Impression: Assimilation

15 comments:

The Dark Lord said...

Beautiful poem..simple, unique and elegantly done.. I love your work!

Greyscale Territory said...

Delightful melting of seriousness, respect and wry humour!

anthonynorth said...

I loved the second one.

Sue said...

poignant.

spacedlaw said...

A very common tale, that first one.

Tammie Lee said...

reaching into the past to imagine, assimilate what was and how it is related. Nice.

SandyCarlson said...

We are not all willing subjects in this process!

Fledgling Poet said...

I wonder how many times that first one happened...I really enjoyed both of these!

Pam said...

Ah, forced assimilation. I have several relatives who went through the same name-change process at Ellis Island.

gautami tripathy said...

You are as good as ever!

stolen from the air

Maggie said...

Enjoyable read

gabrielle said...

Your post is very personal to me. My father underwent the same nceremonious name change at Ellis Island. I talk about it in my current OSI offering.
What does a name carry?

gabrielle said...

clarification: unceremonious

Tumblewords: said...

A great assimilation plot...

Jim said...

Very nice, Edward. I like your assimilation of family history in brief poetic form here. We should all know as much about our families as we can and should be ready to pass our knowledge on.
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My relative but not an ancestor of Dad came on the Mayflower (Moses Fletcher--my ancestors, his cousins, came on a couple of boats later. Moses had died before the writing we have.)
The other side of Dad's family entered via New Orleans from Germany.
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