The Family Crest

1378084_10153336453695531_513120019_nby N Cordeaux04 Nov 2013

Crests they write in icon,
a silence we see, a history
we assume as it stamps heritage
into - on to - how we navigate,
where we choose to step, which paths
we avoid in case we drench
our souls, my voice, in the actions of
the dead. An inheritance where pride
relies on continuing ignorance,
unquestioning dates
and the framed sepia uncle haunts
the guilt sapped branches
of the family tree.