Living Legacy (An Original Poem)

in poetry •  28 days ago

Thousands of years
reside in each
of our moments,
we are all the
sum of those
who came before us,
their lives splashed
upon our canvas.

Each smile
they ever smiled,
each mile
they ever walked,
each idea
they ever thought,
each tear
they ever shed,
every struggle
they overcame.

You are a link
in this kinetic chain
that builds upon
the story of humanity,
one experience at a time.

Face your fears,
dream your dreams,
fulfill every curiosity,
listen to your heart,
be your best self.

Shamelessly interject
your throughline
into the narrative of
this beautiful Universe

this might be
the best way,
the only way
to give a proper
thank you to
the many who lived, loved
and perished for
you to enjoy
this very breath.

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Backstory

There’s a fascinating theory that is gaining more credibility. Some scientists now believe that we can inherit memories from our ancestors through our DNA. It’s a beautiful thought, really. No life, however insignificant, was ever lived in vain.

This could explain some mysteries about humanity. Among them…savants, who can are virtuosos without ever having taken a lesson -- deja-vu, a distinct feeling that we've been in a certain situation or location before despite absolute certainty that this wasn't the case -- even addiction or nondescript darkness we can’t seem to escape from.

When I wrote this piece I thought about genetic memory in a different way. What about the legacy that we pass on through our DNA to offspring? If this theory holds weight the way we live our lives can influence countless generations to come, on a genetic level. This is yet another reason to live a conscious existence, to do all we can to become the best version of ourselves.


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Wao. Like I'm actually thrilled.

Every line in this poem is a food for thought and with deep meaning too.

You are a link
in this kinetic chain
that builds upon
the story of humanity,
one experience at a time.

I guess this has to come to the realization of many. We aren't living our lives just for ourselves. We are interconnected and no matter how little our action has, there's an effect it pulls on another soul.

Great poem @eric

Genetic memory huh?

That would be like the 8th wonder in the world.

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Deep and wisdom filled words. Thanks for sharing. Let me go and digest them

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It's definitely interesting to contemplate. Thanks!

This is fantastic! Emotional resonance clearly courses through your DNA brother!

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True. We await yours too.

Both of you are one of the greatest heart-writers I've seen.

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Thank you @dougkarr! I can say the same for you. This has been an incredible two weeks!

A very nice poem @ericvancewalton, I really like the poetry, I also often write poetry in my article. In my opinion, the poem has many benefits for us, a poem can also be a motivational word in our lives. And when we are stressed, and have many problems in our lives, with we hear poetry combined with music, surely our souls feel calm.

To be able to write a good poem is indeed very difficult, because we must string words that can enter into the soul of people who read it. Therefore I am still learning to produce a good poem. Thanks for sharing, and wish you a wonderful day... :)

Dope poem but to be sincere, i never really knew a poem could be written in such a manner and still be consodered a poem, perhaps because i am not a poet and never did literature. Lolz

Scientists are always about logic and if they say we can inherit the momories of our ancestors, i would believe them since i still dont know science behind de javu.

Nice piece of peotry here

Absolutely sir. We must strive to be the best version of ourself. No memory is in vain. Every part of this post spoke to me, and there is no point repeating it to you again haha. You are a man of wisdom. When i see a good writer i can tell and you are one blessed man, and you added a great kind heart to it. You are too amazing sir.

I love that poem. My favourite part is this:

the only way
to give a proper
thank you to
the many who lived, loved
and perished for
you to enjoy
this very breath

By being our best, every single person who contributed to who we are, we are doing them a great show of appreciation for their investment. A life well lived is what we should strive for. Being better than who we are yesterday should always be our driving force. We should learn to always face our fears.

Thank you for this sir, as always.

Interesting theme. Genetic memory! it's possible. In fact I sometimes think that family stories are repeated for some reason. If that were true, it is justified every day more to improve ourselves, to be better people and with a better interrelation with our environment. We could be influencing without knowing it in the life of our next generations.

First off, a wonderful poem you've written! I also read about the memories being handed down through DNA, and it's an amazing thing to consider. Your theory on the savants and how this could well be, at least partly, related is something I had not considered yet. It makes perfect sense! We should be aware of how we live our lives in view of this, as I personally believe this is actually happening. Cheers!

Nicely reflected great thoughts in there it was truly amazing thanks for sharing such an amazing poem :)

I admire the power of thought that you have, this is very deep and invintant to a great relfection, without a doubt all of us who pass through this world, we leave a legacy to those who will come, that is why we have to be very careful with our planet, for those who come can enjoy beautiful things.
I wish you a great day dear friend @ericvancewalton

Beautiful poem @ericvancewalton! I do believe the scientists are right about genetic memories; we see physical traits being replicated, mannerisms and gait comes out so why not memories? A beautiful thought to think we could help the next generation by living consciously to become the best version of ourselves. Thank you!

If this theory holds weight the way we live our lives can influence countless generations to come, on a genetic level

Wise words you have said there. Makes me wanna believe the reincarnation theory. Like an offspring carrying the entire traits of an ancestor.

But then, if this is true, we might wanna live rightly for the sake of our children's children.

Great poem my friend

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Thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

I'm a new follower to your blog and I must say, you speak great and true words my friend.

Every piece from you is worth giving a few minutes to regurgitate before digesting.

Great poem.
Cheers

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I appreciate your kind words, @cupidmom!

When I read second stanza I think this is best , when I read all poem , I can ask it's awesome poem.

Beautiful wording of poem . Awesome poetry .

Bellisimo, este mensaje de motivacion me encanto.
Enfrenta tus miedos,
sueña tus sueños,
satisface cada curiosidad,
escucha tu corazón,
sé tu mejor yo.

Lovely poem, your words are truly indeed, we've owner of our life and we find the right way of life in the heart.

You are a link
in this kinetic chain
that builds upon
the story of humanity,
one experience at a time

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This is beautiful, the verse paints so much imageries, never knew you can write a poem.

@ericvancewalton, Firstly I telling, you're a better impressive poet in steem blockchain. You nicely wrote using amazing poem design, meaningful contexts and great examples about Living Legacy. I'm totally giving you huge salute. But I know you can do it easily via meditation. With your meditation process your mind bringing deeply thoughts. I read these poem most and saved to my personal file for read again & again. Give me permission for that. Absolutely brilliant writing. Triple gem bless you.

Time will tell us what we can or what we will do in the future :)

While the words are really beautiful and there are indeed deep meanings all along.

A beautiful poem, my friend and your lines suggest thinking about life and the impact of the universe. Thank you @ericvancewalton

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Strong words used i loved it.
Because the life is really precious

this might be
the best way,
the only way
to give a proper
thank you to
the many who lived, loved
and perished for
you to enjoy
this very breath.

Tribute to my late Grandma. She would always tell me "if you share it, both your soul and flesh would be filled"...

She taught giving and she didn't spare the best things from me. I love her.

Thanks for sharing this lovely poem

Each smile
they ever smiled,
each mile
they ever walked,
each idea
they ever thought,
each tear
they ever shed,
every struggle
they overcame.

Lovely poem. Really heart touching.

a very good poem, talking about life, whatever we leave behind will obviously be an inheritance to generation after us..
Gracias @ericvancewalton

This poem is very interesting and encourage when I go through it was move..
When I got to this point.
Face your fears,
dream your dreams,
fulfill every curiosity,
listen to your heart,
be your best self.
After reading this above paragraph,i read it again. Something came up to my mind..
I recall at Bob Marley quote which says.. My fear is my only courage..i like this quote, thanks for sharing your poem..

Now scientists has discovered that we can inherit our ancestors memory through DNA and that is why we should be our best and make a good memory, do the best thing so when they remember us, it should be our good deeds not the bad ones

Thanks for sharing Sir

Face your fears,
dream your dreams,
fulfill every curiosity,
listen to your heart,
be your best self.
These lines are awesome , thanks

fabulous one,,, its touched my heart.

Wow! This is top notch