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Monday, 03 February 2014

I am From

By Karen Zaun Kennedy who blogs at Sweetwater Lane

I am from hooked rugs,
from photographs, paintings, prints, and pottery.
I am from sunshine lining the walls and floors with ornate patterns
and snowflakes twinkling on the ceilings.
I am from water smoothed stones
and evergreens whose nests I share.

I am from cheesecake birthdays and hot tempers,
from Grammies and Grampas,
from ex-smokers and crafters,
from hunter gatherers.

I am from “If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all,”
and Ode to Joy, Fur Elise, and Canon.
I am from Vermont and England,
macaroni and cheese, corn chowder, and milky butter beans and potatoes.

I am from stray skunk babies and disappointment for things given up,
from Lightening and Mama Kitty and Lucy memories.
I am from walks in the woods and peaceful places.

I am from mementoes, boxed and binned,
and buried away for the future,
to remember.

[INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog. They can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc. Please read instructions for submitting.]

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Wonderful! I loved your use of words filled with such grand memories.

What charming words, artfully arranged, boxed, binned and buried away. Love it!

Has inspired me to write my own, "I am from" poem. Thank you.

Excellent writing...When I came to the last line I realized that I had been nodding my head in agreement since the first line.

I enjoyed your poem very much.

This is a fantastic poem.
Enter it in a contest.

Love it. I did an "I am from ..." post on my blog several years ago and got carried away. It went on and on. But the memories just kept coming and it seemed time to write them down.

Thank you all for your kind words. This is such a fun poem to write - and PiedType - I have written more than one:)
It would be fun to find a forum for posting a bunch of "I am From" poems for those interested in writing them. . .

So beautiful. And so full of memories for anyone of a certain age.

Wow! Wonderful!

Terrific - really made me think about where I am from!

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