it's 03:23 at this gathering of gatherings
I don't know them yet
they recognize my face from the family album
I lie awake and watch them drop in
generation after generation
the 7th generation
waiting to see when I would realize
there was only one question

what have you done for us?

Roman Krznaric uses an extract of Drew Dellinger's poem “Hieroglyphic Stairway” as an epigraph in his book The Good Ancestor. This poem explores how the great-great-grandchildren Drew Dellinger brings forward would ask their question.