This theme about composing a poem based on where you are from and grew up has generated some wonderful writing.
This is the original, on which to base your own attempt.
Where I’m From
George Ella Lyon
I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.
I’m from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.
I’m from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down!
I’m from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.
I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.
Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments–
snapped before I budded —
leaf-fall from the family tree
American blogger, Maggie, has just published her own story as a poem.
I have no skill at poetry, but gave it a go anyway. If you want to try too, then send me a link to your poem in the comments, or just include it there.
Where I’m From.
I am from hot pavements on a city’s summer streets
and frozen pipes in the winter
I am from flying ants emerging through cracks in the slabs
and the rainstorms that followed their departure
I am from the faces of men drinking beer to forget the war they had just fought
and the women with hands red from washing and scrubbing
I am from an outside toilet with newspaper squares on a nail
and the scary fat spiders that lived in the corners
I am from men being men
and women holding families together
I am from eating leftovers during the week
and learning how to make do
I am from limited expectations
and knowing your place
I am from respecting your elders
and doing that without having to be told
I am from where family came first
and nobody ever questioned why that was
I am from places that are still the same
and a time when they were very different