Family Name

I followed my family name

to Yorkshire cemetery

where those old family headstones

held the dates of birth and death

those old Anglo Saxon names

etched upright in native stone

surrounded old Roman church

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bell tolled to gather us in

stone baptismal at the door

I drank from silver chalice

the vicar offered me

in the rite of communion

aware of ancestral lips

that had taken worship there

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I search Proctor family name

Old English word proketour

occupational surname

for those who worked as steward

from the Latin procurare

to manage spiritu cors

keeper of the key— that’s me

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NaPoWriMo prompt to delve into your name

Family Name

Connecting Languages

I am having a macaronic day

Portuguese becomes like Espanhol

French is muy bien

My Latin has a comeback

Mater madre mae mother mama

Bebe fala Português—- mae

I am the baby

Speaking lost languages

Speaking languages that are living

Vivir

Vivir

Vivir

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dVerse prompt on connecting— since the start of the pandemic, I have been learning languages.

Vivir is live in Portuguese.

Connecting Languages