Ain't No Ninny

Where Creativity and Everyday Life Collide

Poem A Day Challenge – Day 20



I’ll Never Know Them

I sit at the computer for hours

My ancestors whispering from their graves.
I see two who died together of Spanish Flu;
A queen of France, a Danish king;
The bastard son of William I of Normandy

(Yes, that conquering hero who
never acknowledged his own son).
I see Puritans, Mormons, miners, preachers
And farmers
Salt of the earth people, good people, I’m sure
People I wish I knew
But, for now at least,
All I can do is guess at their stories
Make up their stories

Write down their stories.
I’ll never know them
Except in my own body where they all live
And where they whisper to me.


Author: aintnoninny

I write poetry and fiction; create doodle art; do genealogical research; take photographs of the world around me; think about odd things; hike the red rocks; and obsess on food.

2 thoughts on “Poem A Day Challenge – Day 20

  1. Love this one as I am working on my family genealogy. So true.

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ve been doing my family history for many years and when I find something that doesn’t make sense I make up stories to account for it. I started a novel based on one of those mysteries that I could not solve!

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