July 14, 2011

Where I'm From

I am from curly maple polished to a shine,
from Saltwater Sandals and Popsicles with two sticks. 
I am from striped curtains on sliding windows. 
(Thin and lemony, bubbling over my bed in the summer breeze.)
I am from the overlapping ferns of a forest floor,
the hollow of a towering rhododendron--
a hidden cove of tangled branches.

I am from Christmas oranges and hazel eyes,
from Mary and Edward and the man still unknown. 
I am from the nose-in-a-books
and the one-more-degrees. 
From we don't believe that and respect those who do. 
I am from Sunday waffles and comic strips.
From one dusty Bible high on the shelf
and the sacred roar of a wind-swept beach.

I'm from Wakefield and stout Eastern stock,
casseroles and coffee taken black. 
From the matriarch keeping secrets at the baptismal font,
the patriarchs pushed--and running--from their kin. 
I am from stories collecting to a single pool,
the only children of only children,
trunks of mothballs and untethered memories
waiting for me to add my things.


I first read one of these exercises--from this template based on "Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyons--over two years ago and always wanted to try my hand at one. Susan's recent lovely version prodded me into finally giving it a go. If you write one of your own, please do let me know. I love reading them.


Debbie said...

Just posted mine.


Kristin said...

Wow, Heather, this is just beautiful! Really, really excellent.

I've never seen this poetry template before. I don't think I'm up to the writing challenge, but it's certainly got me thinking.

Anonymous said...

Breathtaking! I loved this.

I posted from this template about a week ago - here's a link. http://marymurtz.com/2011/07/06/where-im-from/

harriet glynn said...

Wow beautiful!

cynthia said...

just seeing this, and got the chills. beautiful.
…and see you soon!

Debbie said...

Lovely images. I love the lemony, bubbling curtains and the stories collecting to a single pool.

I did one of these a few weeks ago


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