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“Future Genealogists” by Madison Beckstrand

Future Genealogists

To my descendants that wish to know me.

The answer is


The journals will remain empty.

The recordings corrupted.

The photos destroyed.

You will wish to comprehend me and I will say

‘Bugger off!’

I refuse to curse us both with the knowledge of myself and

I will not be perceived anymore than I must!



Clutch at how others remember me.

Let them twist me through memories matronly hands.

Let me grow over time

In eternity, allow me to be

Anything but myself

This piece was published in 2023 as part of the 12th Annual Mormon Lit Blitz by the Mormon Lit Lab. Sign up for our newsletter for future updates.

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