Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where I’m From

I am from worn out tennis shoes, from Baby Aspirin and drawings on chalkboards.

I am from the dinging of the bell in the elevator of the high-rise. I’m from the salty sea air of the Hudson and the glow of the lights over the baseball diamonds.

I am from the peony, the large proud bloom on a sturdy stem.

I am from opening one gift on Christmas Eve, a Christmas ornament each year and dark circles, from Laura and Audrey and Edith.

I am from the stubborn and sleepless.

From What do you mean the book is upside down? and This is for the dogs.

I am from church with friends, from ringing bells in random churches and yearning for a home of my own.

I'm from San Rafael and Minnesota. Mac and cheese and green bean casserole.

From gathering soda cans from under the bleachers after a stock car race, the mud sticking to our soles, and playing cards in the kitchen.

I am from photo albums in the bedroom closet, files on the portable hard drive, the musty old-fashioned scrapbook with no frills and keeping memories at my fingertips even as they grow dusty.


Write a poem!

Binky posted hers along with the format and it sounded fun so I did it. I don't know if I'm supposed to tag but I want to be better about linking to people so...I tag Kate, Sarah and Michelle! Even if you don't have a blog, but like to write, this is a fun one. Check out the format and test it out.

11 people like me!:

Mandy said...

I like that. It's interesting. Good job!!

George Ella Lyon said...

I wrote the original "Where I'm From" and I love yours! It's amazes me to see how this has a life of its own.

You can hear me read mine and get more writing suggestions at


Happy writing!

George Ella Lyon

chelle said...

this is awesome!

Amanda said...

I loved this.

Hip Mom's Guide said...

Great job, Heather! Your poem really takes us there - I like it. SusieJ does something like this in her "about" section; that's the first place I saw it. It seems so hard to do, though - you must've put a lot of thought into this.

Kate said...

Nice poem. Good writing as always.

I guess I better get writing!!

MoziEsmé said...

Makes me feel like I know you well... :)

stacey @ tree, root, and twig said...

This is wonderful! I may just have to steal it for a post on my own blog. :) And do you mean San Rafael, CA? If so, I grew up in Novato. Small world.

By the way, you stopped by my blog for an amazon giveaway. I'm glad you did, because your blog is great - I'm subscribing right now.

angi said...

this is fabulous Heather, I love it!

Guinevere Meadow said...

That's beautiful!

Damselfly said...

You're so creative! I love your phrases.

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