My Ancestry DNA Results ~ Fred LaMotte



My Ancestry DNA results came in.
Just as I suspected, my great great grandfather
was a monarch butterfly.

Much of who I am is still wriggling under a stone.
I am part larva, but part hummingbird too.

There is dinosaur tar in my bone marrow.

My golden hair sprang out of a meadow in Palestine.

Genghis Khan is my fourth cousin,
but I didn't get his dimples.

My loins are loaded with banyan seeds from Sri Lanka,
but I descended from Ravanna, not Ram.

My uncle is a mastodon.

There are traces of white people in my saliva.

3.7 billion years ago I swirled in golden dust,
dreaming of a planet overgrown with lingams and yonis.

More recently, say 60,000 B.C.
I walked on hairy paws across a land bridge
joining Sweden to Botswana.

I am the bastard of the sun and moon.

I can no longer hide my heritage of raindrops and cougar scat.

I am made of your grandmother's tears.

You conquered rival tribesmen of your own color,
chained them together, marched them naked to the coast,
and sold them to colonials from Savannah.

I was that brother you sold, I was the slave trader,
I was the chain.

Admit it, you have wings, vast and golden,
like mine, like mine.

You have sweat, black and salty,
like mine, like mine.

You have secrets silently singing in your blood,
like mine, like mine.

Don't pretend that earth is not one family.
Don't pretend we never hung from the same branch.
Don't pretend we don't ripen on each other's breath.
Don't pretend we didn't come here to forgive.


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  • So beautiful

    • It really is :)

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    • The movie series Human is awesome. Humans of New York is doing something similar, check out their facebook page, they are in India now and the stories would warm the coldest heart. When one hears personal stories not just the headlines on the news it is a whole different thing. I am reading ''Second Hand Time'' by Svetlana Alexeivich - stories told to the auuthor by Russians about how their lives changed with perestroika and the fall of the Soviet Union. The up close listening to ordinary people just like us really puts the geo-political phobias and machinations into the shadows.

      Even though the individual moments looking back in my life often seemed awkward, difficult, random etc., when I look back there is a continuous flow that makes some kind of sense in my heart now. From a bird's eye view. 

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    • Yes, I think it's very good too. Enjoyed watching it

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    • It's a lovely piece. In a way sometimes we might all tend towards being blasé about such messages, saying yeah yeah I know I know, because we hear it so often in these days as a kind of religious entertainment, but if one takes the time to really listen, maybe we are not knowing it often enough deep down. Because he is talking pure Unity here - Advaita - the One in the All, and the All in the One. I know Neil says he is an agnostic, but I find here he is speaking about God. It's really good for us to remember more often that - yes! - we really are THAT.

      On agnosticism, there is a lovely passage in the Kena Upanishad which often comes back to is not that it is agnostic, but it does outline the subtleties of ''knowing'' in a way that I find truthful.

      ''Master - If you think ''I know well'', little truth you know. You only perceive that appearance of Brahman that lies in the senses and is in you. Pursue your meditation.

      Disciple - I mean to know. I do not imagine ''I know him well'' and yet I cannot say ''I know him not''. Who of us knows this, knows him; and not who says I know him not. ''

      (Last part alternately translated as - The disciple said: I do not think I know It well, nor do I think I do not know It. He among us
      who knows the meaning of "Neither do I not know, nor do I know"−knows Brahman.)


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