The Gene Pool (Or else, perhaps, Something in the Water) Every family has its own peculiarities, its funny little, off-beat traditions or characteristic features--oh yes, she's got the Haberman eyes--. This family happens to write poetry. It must be something in the genes, or else in the water! During the American Civil War, an ancestor wrote home from a Southern Prison elegant poetic lines about the struggle and agony there. His granddaughter, Daisy Wollangk wrote witty lines which her family and friends treasured, but which were never distributed to the general public. Katy Haberman, daughter of Daisy, started writing poetry while still a child and continues to this day, and her daughter, Jillian Haberman is already a published author as well as a poet—it’s a “family thing”.