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For the History Keepers

you, who sing the histories,
who hold the memories, the hearts and souls
lift up your voices round the fire
and bless the ones who went before.
sing to the gods of battles fought, and won,
praise well the heroes – all who lived
and kept their honour with the Ones
who guarded well their souls.
lift to the gods the ones who stayed behind,
those who held the home-place safe from harm.
honour the children, new-woven in the thread of life
which ties us all to those who lived so many lives before.
and honour well the ones who love the gods today,
keeping them, claimed, within their hearts
so none are lost
but burn still, incandescent, in our souls.

copyright sama 2011