Prayer of Honor to the Ancestors

From the first self-replicating molecule to we who stand here today
has been a long, precarious journey,
the bush of life branching and branching again,
with most twigs ending in brittle death, in brutal extinction.
Even with all its dead branches lying broken on the ground beneath it,
the bush still lives,
connecting our own small twig to all the rest.
We are related to all life, with many shared ancestors,
going back to that first self-replicating molecule,
each with their own wisdom to give us if we ask pleasantly.
That's why we are here on this occasion.
We have spoken sweet and kind respectful words to you,
the way you deserve.
Come together and join your family gathered here.