Friday, January 22, 2010

Polish and Proud, an Ode to My Family History

The ode to my family history is a bit of an epic. I guess that comes as no surprise given how wordy I am in my blog posts ;-) I didn't intend for it to go on and on, but it sort of took on a life of its own as I was composing it.

I haven't done a scrapbook page in quite some time so I thought I'd brush away some of the cobwebs and give it a go. (Click on the image to view it larger.)

I'm no poet. I don't even know the rules of poetry. But I know that good poetry comes from the heart. And so I give you a heartfelt ode to my family's history...

Written for the 89th Carnival of Genealogy, "Ode to My Family History"


  1. Jasia, I love the empathy in this poem and I really love all the Polish place names and personal names - I was saying those parts aloud to myself, and they are truly musical! (But we knew that Polish is a musical language.)

  2. I am in awe...truly a heartfelt tribute to your heritage....AND you ARE a poet.

  3. Great job, Jasia! Like Lindalee said, you ARE
    a poet. I like the whole "look" too!


  4. Jasia, What a wonderful tribute to your family! And I loved the scrapbooking! Great job!

  5. WOW!! That's just awesome, Jasia, and what a great idea to make it into a scrapbook page!

  6. A wonderful poetic tribute to your ancestors, Jasia. I know how it feels to start writing and realize that you've gotten yourself into the process of writing an epic. :) My poem for this challenge tending toward epic itself, but I cut it short. I'll just have to write some more family history poetry to continue the story.

    I really enjoy your scrapbook pages, including this one. Thanks for all the creative inspiration that you provide!

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  7. I like your scrapbook page, maybe you can share how to do scrapbook pages sometime.
    Your ode beautifully expresses the gratitude of a land of refuge, and pain of a broken homeland.

  8. Your family tribute, written from the heart, was very well done.

  9. That was a great family tribute, and a beautiful scrapbook page. I agree, I would like to learn how to do your scrapbook page also! Very pretty.

    Must be busy or I won't finish my poem!

  10. Jasia, you are so talented in so many ways. Beautiful, beautiful, all the way around!

  11. Wow! Great job on this, I'm so impressed!!!

  12. Whew! I've been busy putting the latest edition of the COG together but I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who left me such kind comments!!! Gee whiz you're nice!

    I just reread all the nice things you've said and it gave me warm fuzzies all over. Thanks for making my day :-)

  13. Jasia, I had your poem up on my 2nd computer for days --- I loved the whole look, everything about it celebrated your Polish heritage --- and well, that Polish heritage is celebrated in you. Thanks.