“How many things in your home
are older than you are?” my class asked
when I signed on to Zoom today.
I found four.
From a grandfather,
a “grandson clock,” lovingly restored.
From the opposite set of grandparents,
an antique illuminated music manuscript.
From a great-grandfather,
a banjo-guitar, heavy with suppressed volume.
From an equally great-grandfather,
The Pilgrim Hymnal, “copy for the pastor’s study.”
A ringing chime, a melodic line,
a powerful strum, and a choir become
the family thread that never dies
as generations harmonize.