In These Dissenting Times

To acknowledge our ancestors means
we are aware that we did not make
ourselves, that the line stretches
all the way back, perhaps, to God; or
to Gods. We remember them because it
is an easy thing to forget: that we
are not the first to suffer, rebel,
fight, love and die. The grace with
which we embrace life, in spite of
the pain, the sorrows, is always
a measure of what has gone before.

by Alice Walker from ‘Her Blue Body Everything We Know’
Harvest Books, 1991

by Irshad Salim from ‘Sometime Somewhere; Budding Talents 1977