Your Ancestors I Found Online
by Laurinda Lind
William, 1624. Fried by lightning
that shot down the chimney,
shattered his front door.Like, out with a bang.
Loyal, 1811. Didn’t look around
much. Married his first cousin, Orillia.Well, that is loyal.
Giles, 1831. Saw some weird shit
in the Civil War. A blast sent the ground
200 feet into the air. Made it hang
there, hurled it down again.Like an early Road Runner cartoon.
Benoni, 1727. Had 15 kids & his
wife’s name was Submit.I shit you not.
Polycarpus, 1772. Died in infancy.Due to his name with its many carps.
Lazarus, 1726. Had two sons, also
named Lazarus.Talk about rising from the dead.
Susanna, 1751, clay-pipe smoker.
Scraped witches out of her chimney
with an iron rod.You do you.
Elizabeth, 1736, married Ephraim,
1735. Their first five kids: Ephraim
1765-1765. Elizabeth 1766-1767.
Ephraim 1768-1769. Elizabeth
1769-1769. Ephraim 1771-1775.There are no words.
Lewis, 1888. Mail carrier, but his
car ran only in reverse.Early and retro. Money may also work this way.
What I’m saying: these loaves
they made.Their full-baked lives.
Laurinda Lind lives in New York’s North Country, close to Canada. Some of her writing is at Atlanta Review, Consequence, Critical Read, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Timeless Tales. She is a Keats-Shelley Prize winner and a finalist in several other competitions, most recently via Poetry Super Highway.