What do the ancestors say
Is there comfort from
Beyond the veil
Thinking about generational curses
Wondering if they’re true
Were they poor generational choices
So easy to misconstrue
Powerful DNA
Passed down through the years
Eyes and hair and sickness too
So why not memories
That we confuse
With reincarnation
So why not a compass
Leading us down the wrong path
Because we have always done it
That way
My generational curse
A Tantalus one
Victory always just out of reach
Me on one side of the breach
And I don’t ask for much
But as such
I just can’t seem to attain
Still, my personal generational curse
Is not like the one, say, of the Kennedys
But then there are today curses
Eyes of evil looking at me
Who knows why
If you only knew
What life has done to me
But I smile so you don’t know
And so I ask the ancestors
To help me go on
No sense asking why
But I need the remedy
The outcome
Safety for me
Safety for my family
Is there any protection
Against mindless enmity…?

(c) Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: Hoodoo Tarot 2


  1. This powerful piece resonated with me, Clarissa, many aspects. Particularly now, I see that “mindless enmity” in the world around us, and I’m concerned for my family as well. What’s to become of us all?

    With failure, falling short, at least there is trying, giving it a go. And however we are molded and whatever we make of it, isn’t there a light in there somewhere? This is what I hope.

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    1. Oh, yes, Steve, I hope for that light, too. I do see it, as I’m sure you do, at times, and perhaps it has always been like that throughout history. Meanwhile, let’s all stay safe and remember what Abbey Hoffman (or one of those wild and crazy hippies) said: a little paranoia is a good thing!

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