100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups Week# 115

Julia’s first prompt for 2014 is, the path ahead . . . Very timely don’t you think?

Here is my entry, a lazy poem of exactly one hundred words.

Ancestral Path

The path ahead carries the imprint of the ancestors,

wide, red and littered with rocks.

 There are many diversions squeezing through tunnels

narrow tracks, and sinking sand.

The path ahead carries the footprints of my ancestors,

who crawled on their knees, jumped for joy,

and stood up for justice

on their journeys through time.

The path ahead is bleached

like the bones of the mothers,

stained with the blood of the warriors,

and flooded with the tears of the children.

The path ahead climbs through forgiveness to freedom

 meandering green to air, fresh and sustaining,

to nurture my infinite descendents.

Join in with Julia’s 100WCGU at http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week-4/


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  1. Wow! Gilly. This is fantastic. The imagery alone…wow.

  2. Strong, solid, intriguing images make a primitive statement new.

  3. amazing poem Gilly, such powerful imagery, gut wrenching and heart opening all at once!

  4. This is a great poem, very powerful in it’s 100 words and not at all lazy.

  5. Pretty good and a hundred words too!

  6. Welcome back Gilly! I missed you! As the other have said your imagery here is wonderful and takes your readers through those generations. Thank you so much for taking part again. Hope to see you every week!

  7. Beautiful poem, Gilly. And amazing that it’s exactly 100 words! You are such a wordsmith. :-)

  8. It’s amazing how people before us sacrifice so much to fight for what they hold dear, for their morality and human effort, and for the salvation of future generations. Great tribute poem for the brave souls.

  9. Beaytiful and very evocative Gilly! Love the transition from the travails of past generations to hope for the future.

  10. What a lovely poem with powerful imagery.

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