Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge – #Choka – Origins by Sally Cronin

This week for Colleen Chesebro’s Poetry Challenge it is a themeprompt provided by Yvette Calleiro Beginnings and Endings

My husband and I decided to take advantage of the recently emerged DNA ancestry projects and in 2001 we both had our mitochondrial DNA tested. If you want an insight into the process before having your own DNA tested then I suggest you read Dr. Bryan Sykes book  The Seven Daughters of Eve – Amazon

When submitted, an individual’s mitochondrial DNA, passed along through the female line, is tested against seven sets of bones. Each of the identified set of bones found in various regions in Europe was given a name. My results showed that my DNA came from Helena whose bones dated back around 20,000 years ago. She was old for the time, at around 42 years old, which speaks to her strength and health.

In 2017 I also submitted my DNA to Ancestry and here is the latest profile showing not just the route of my ancestors from Helena, but also on my father’s side.

Because I don’t have any children, Helena’s bloodline will end with me, although around the world there will be millions of women who will continue to pass along her genes.. what a legacy.

I have created a Choka… to reflect the beginning and endings to my particular thread to Helena.

Choka – Origins

a journey begun
twenty thousand years ago
ancient ancestor
bones preserved in sacred cave
a woman of strength
gifting her precious bloodline
passed through her daughters
across the millenia
to end here with my passing

©Sally Cronin 2022

My most recent book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021

One of the reviews for the collection

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2022


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed the poem.. thanks Sally.


55 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge – #Choka – Origins by Sally Cronin

  1. I find the DNA search for our past fascinating, Sally. I loved your poem, of where it starts and has traveled to. Xo

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  2. What a lovely reflection and poem, Sally. One phrase captured the journey for me — “passed through her daughters.” How beautiful, so much so that it gave me pause and prompted reflection on my family’s journey. 🤗

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  3. The poem is a great one, and meets the journey of your ancestors genes very well, Sally! But, why the heck nobody has ancestors from the eastern territories of ancient Germany? Lol Tacitus wrote about the Vandales living there. Beeing honest my ancestors are also not from this area. :-)) xx Michael

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  4. This is a beautiful and very moving poem, Sally. I do think it’s amazing that it’s possible to take us back through time to individuals through our DNA. (And that’s a terrific review!) xx

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  6. What a powerful poem, Sally. I did the same ancestral journey though Ancestry, and found it fascinating. In truth, each of us started our genetic journey millions of years ago. That’s a lot of evolution and a lot of generational survival. Loved your poem.

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