Whenever I think of my family; for instance, when I pray or when I am recalling old times, I always start with my Maternal Grandparents as I was born in their Irish house almost 75 years ago and it is my last wish that a part of my ashes will be deposited in their grave when I die. Because it was my mother who shaped me more than my father, I suppose it is natural that I begin my family tree with the parents who shaped her in her youth. Below is a poem that I wrote three years ago about my family tree:
'A family are we' : Copyright William Forde: July 2017.
'Sometimes I think the time is now, but it's really then;
and here is over there and where is when.
Sometimes I open my mouth and my mum comes pouring out.
Then, when I reply, it is my dad's voice I often hear from way on high.
I frequently walk in my parents' footsteps and am never alone, how could I be?
as long as my family remains a part of me, they influence every thought, word and deed
of what I am, what I do and all I'll ever be.
I am one and I am me, I am also you, I am many, we are we.
We were always meant to be a family of love and passion oft divided,
a hot house of emotion and contention that ne'er subsided:
a perfect fusion of past and present, desire and endless possibility,
a beacon of never-ending hope and filial durability.
A family are we.
I always tried to keep my presence wholesome, but without my parents, brothers, sisters, wife and children, my life would have proved entirely loathsome.'"
William Forde: July 17th, 2017.