My heritage is mine by birthright
And no one can take that away
Not a law-maker, a judge nor an agency
At my birth, on my death or today.
My legacy comes not just from my mother
But from her father and his father before
From my grandmother on my father's side
Who never held me the day I was born.
One person may have given me life
But my ancestors gave me my name
You cannot keep from me what is mine
To hide a mistake and your shame.