Follow The Thread
From the stock, of the stock, from so far back ;
Hunter Gatherers, they all were, back then.
Before husbandry, before dirt farmers,
Before herders, before creative freemen,
Titanic their struggle compared to ours.
Blood and death, survival, so commonplace
Was their theme, reaching long from then to now,
Discounting gender, color, any which race.
You, me, your friends their long threads are in place
Knotted, over and over, linking each
Back, unbroken, but stretched, so stretched
Through millenniums: forests, fields, and beach.
Today, you are the keeper of the thread
That links family to eternity.
It is safe in your trust, integrity must
Carry the day, life's grand fraternity.
Proud but humbly, in you, we have faith
No matter what road signs impede and block.
Safely entrusted, banners bright, wind torn,
Unfurled, marks your journey, voicing the talk.
You are not alone, but of a special
Generation, one poised to move the Earth
Away from crippling decay. We honor
Your understanding for reason of birth.
Ronald C. Downie
To Ian Jacob Kurtz upon his 17th Birthday. He is poised to make his mark upon the World.