After an Evening of Watching Genealogical Programs on PBS

Delayed recognition
for decades if not centuries

to know someone you know
possesses the only story

and can answer questions
the answers don’t even know

how likely it is to have
the chances for long life

in the cantor of a song
who knows where the words

came from or where they go
in the hearing a silence

that may happen again
the last living memory

was once yet to be born
and laughs at the thought

of remembering many things
many many things