Where I’m From

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I am from candlelight, 

from frilly lace and slippered feet.

I am from the broken bedroom mirror trimmed in golden fleur-de-lis.

I am from showy scarlet snapdragons, tall on Grandma’s fence,

the stains of fallen crabapples, bright on Grandpa’s hands. 

I’m from ice skating and dirt bikes, 

one down and five up, 

from Lucy Evangeline’s poetry 

and the rule of Lord Curzon.

I’m from the go-for-its 

and the soft-hearted, 

from fiercely independent and just because.

I’m from Let There Be Peace On Earth;

barefoot, in a college town. 

I’m from the Rhineland and England,

buttered knedle and all things chocolate.

From Grandpa’s beloved woodworking patterns 

and summers on Michigan lakes.

Across the bridge and further down a winding river’s road, 

held safely in my mother’s arms within my childhood home, 

the treasures of my family reside.

~

Written as an exercise with my writing group using a template (loosely) from George Ella Lyon’s poem, “Where I’m From.”

If you’ve never written a “Where I’m From” poem, I highly recommend it! They can be written over and over again at any age. You may even learn something new about your ancestry. And the more personal and specific you are with the details, the more special it will be to you. 

Here is a link to the template and the original poem if you are interested.

 

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Bits and pieces of “where I’m from” now shine on this heart ornament, thanks to Lynne Fisher’s lovely craft idea included with her latest post at https://lynnefisher.wordpress.com

Copyright © Kelly Huntson and findingwhatssweet.com [2015-2019].

22 thoughts on “Where I’m From

  1. Exquisite!! I must try this, too! Thank you!

    • Thank you as well! And yes, you absolutely should try it! It’s a very unique, rewarding experience. They can take a while to create, especially if you engage in research, but how much you put into it is up to you.😊

  2. A lovely “where I’m from” post Kelly. I’ve written one before, but it might be time for an update!

  3. This is a lovely inspiration for poetry and wonderfully done, Kelly! I hope you are doing well. Sending you big hugs😊

  4. Hello! !
    Today I decorated the Christmas tree. I really enjoyed it! Every year I get very excited, I decorate the Christmas tree and it begins to feel like Christmas. I think this year’s Christmas tree is also very beautiful.
    Ryoma.

  5. What a fabulous exercise… and I loved reading yours…

    Now I think I shall contemplate doing mine…

  6. Poignant! A reminder that what we experience becomes who we are.

  7. What a great idea for a poem. Such beautiful reflections. And I love that ornament. So creative.

  8. Lovely poem, Kelly…what an interesting template, I might just try it. And love the heart ornament. You put the real heart into the heart shape!

    • Thank you, Lynne! Everything on the heart was previously tucked away in boxes and jars but now glitters on the Christmas tree, thanks to you! The pearl beads are from a necklace my maternal grandmother made, the hat pin belonged to my paternal grandmother, the wooden heart was made for me by my maternal grandfather, the sea glass was collected with my kids, and all the other items hold special meaning too, including the shorthand pin I earned in high school! Ha ha! Just dated myself! Guess emojis do the job now!

  9. Thanks for explaining where all the wee items came from – so special. Have a lovely Christmas, Kelly!

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