My Bloodline

I wear my grandma Helen’s ring

on my left hand,

my grandma Margie’s

on my right,

a purse of my mother’s

rests in my lap,

I am dressed in mementos

of the powerful women of my bloodline,

those who survived WWII,

exuded strength in a time without equal rights,

had souls full of bravery,

minds of intellect,

with hearts overflowing with love –

when I question my endurance,

my purpose,

I look down,

feeling empowered

by those

I am connected with,

to make them proud,

and feeling reassured

knowing their DNA

is within me

-POE(MS)

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