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  Ants to Ancestors
by J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
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This reflective poem speaks to the issues of faith and the brevity of life.

Ants to Ancestors  © 4/1/2008

By J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford  



Yesterday and tomorrow

Those twin harbingers of time

Laugh as we

Like frantic ants

Sandwiched between the two

Dance to distant drum beats

Planting our feet and faith firmly

Hoping to defeat our mortality

Knowing in the end

Only ancestors

Can perfect this dance

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Reviewed by Stan Stewart 7/1/2008
Very deep and insightful, bringing to mind the circle which is Alpha and Omega and the connectivity that forever binds us to those who have walked this plane before us and those who will follow. And reminding us that we must both blaze new paths while helping others find existing roads we have been led to by our foreparents.
Reviewed by Debra Baker 5/27/2008
Our footsteps feed the wisdom of the petals of our souls, we hand them down with hope our predecessors' will continue the dance...
Beautiful wise words of wisdom...
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 4/3/2008
Such wisdom in these words and it feels like they were passed down from ancestors which gives this a great quality-enjoyed. Michelle
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/2/2008
Well said! And the beat continues.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Reagan Rothe 4/1/2008
I truly enjoyed reading this poem! It is quite the piece!

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