i am from

i came across an “i am from” poem at owlhaven and thought i would try it. if you would like to create your own you can find the format at fragments from floyd. poetry is not a gift i have, but here it is…

i am from

i am from fig trees outside of bedroom windows, from k swiss tennis shoes, and sail boats.

i am from an old ranch house, fix-it ourself renovations, a lucked into color of combined paint remnants, and rip roaring fires.

i am from the buzzing bees in a hydrangea bush that separates yards, and the hiding places of a giant pecan tree.

i am from spring break camping trips with family friends, holidays with cousins seen at most once a year, and domino games. from con alberta and wilma lafaye and races and daniels and mckenzies and chandlers and grigsbys.

i am from the dullness of depression and the hope of optimism.

from “always save some of your money” and “if that grows together you’ll die”.

i am from Jesus loves me this i know, from salvation through Christ and God’s forgiveness from sin, and learning the hard way that the “little c” church offers no forgiveness.

i’m from generations of texans, from chicken ‘n’ dumplins, banana puddin’, and a cold bottom being the price paid for hand cranked ice cream, from sweet tea and blonde coffee

from a life preserving fear of a boundary that drew an older brother to live on the other side and a twin brother to see if it would stretch.

i am from quilts that have gone missing, 35mm slides in a box, pictures stored in photo albums and shoe boxes and from generations assembled with stories to share.

8 thoughts on “i am from

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  2. thanks very much, ruth. the format for the poem helped tremendously. i’m thinking about having my kids have a go at it – it would be a bit of a time caspule for them.

  3. Great job with this Monica!!!! Well, all of it but one part….
    “and a twin brother to see if it would stretch.” I have no idea what your talking about there.

  4. Hey you, you got me inspired to do this exercise as well. It was fun, thanks. It’s posted at my page. I would LOVE to link to your page as a credit to you – but didn’t want to do so without your permission. Either way is okay with me – just let me know.

  5. I have always loved poetry, loved reading it, writing, and my dear you are very gifted. I miss you guys so much, I hope that when you come home for a visit you would let us know, because I would love to see ya’ll. We will be praying for you guys and do the same for us!

    thanks, bridy! we’re hoping to be back in the summer, but waiting on an answer. i’ll let you know. and we will definitely pray!

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