I Am From…

These words are mine but the format is not – the original belongs to George Ella Lyon, but my sister and I used it as a template in a writing game she and I played over a year ago now.

I am from dresses,

from green Miracle II soap and Honey Bunches of Oats.

I am from the hundred-year-old house

(coal-blackened, carpet-floored, the bottom stair-step always groaned). 

I am from spearmint patches 

taking over flowerbeds, 

yielding Mom’s green garden tea. 

I’m from 3 books at the library on Wednesday evenings 

and talking too fast to be understood, 

From duty-bound Marlene, and unknowable Ruby Jane.

I’m from underperforming hearts and secretly calling in to Wolves Sanctuary,

From “take a calm pill” and “you were Daddy’s sunshine”. 

I’m from the Mennonite uniform 

inescapable, 

conspicuous in every town crowd.

I’m from Sedalia and Mena and Tampico, 

but really Colorado; 

Cereals for breakfasts and at bedtimes, 

Sodas in the shop refrigerator.

From my sister’s choice not to join the church, 

From my daddy’s green-brown eyes, bequeathed only to me. 

Nine hundred miles away there’s a towering bookcase, 

Shelves tight-stuffed with books. 

I am from these stories of my childhood 

Turning me into who I would become. 

6 thoughts on “I Am From…

  1. Yay! It is fun to see your “I Am From” poem. I am of the opinion that everyone should make one from that template. 😍😅👏

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    1. Hi Tica! Yesss it was actually a good exercise for my brain, especially since I got it from tula and I had to work a little extra to not re-use her childhood memories since we have so many in common 🙂 I would love to see yours!

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  2. It’s interesting to me as your mom to read your childhood memories. 😊 You have such a way with words!

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    1. Thank you! I feel like this is just a tiny snippet of my childhood memories of course, but it was fun to kind of go through them and try to figure out what felt like the essence of my childhood.

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  3. I love this! It’s so interesting to read about where you are from, and I can imagine it would be fun to write something like this! The pictures painted with words here are so fascinating!

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