Monday, September 3, 2012

Once Upon a Time

asks us to consider this time-honoured phrase


'Once upon a time'
Who said that first?
Those magic words that light the way to fairyland?
Was it some wrinkled grandmother,
Sitting in the firelight,
Surrounded by avid listeners,
And weaving stories?
The phrase must be very ancient
For the language is archaic.
What would we say now?
'Some time ago......'?
How banal!
Whoever she was,
She was a Marketing Manager's Dream-Girl!
Her phrase 'caught-on'
And it has never been bettered.
She was an unsung and forgotten genius.


The Family Name! How grandiose!
How proud and dominating!
This tree shows all the offspring
From the convoluted mating!
The Name! The Name! It's passed on down
To future generations,
And all who share the self-same name
Share self-congratulations.
The surnames of the mighty Sirs,
Or should we call them Sires ,
Emblazoned on the Family Trees,
Are what the world admires.
But what of the other, the hidden tree,
That weaves through all the spaces?
Forgotten Family names and titles,
Overlooked female faces?
Their names appear but once, that's all,
In a single generation,
And then their female offspring,
Take another appellation.
But mitochondria has proved
That their invisible tree
Is many times more powerful
Than what the world can see.
The genetic line through females
Is the one that really matters;
It remains constant down the years;
The sperm count merely scatters.
Muscular strength and dominance
Meant female inferiority;
Now science makes it clear we have
Genetic superiority.
So when you view this Family Tree,
Don't be over-awed
By all the Family Names you see;
The system's simply flawed.


Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

you are super creative.

almaveras said...

:-) why 'once upon a time' genius should not be a grand dad...
Brought smiles. Thank you.
Good day.