Where I’m From
by Diane LudekingI am from apples, from Barbies and Breyers. I am from the perfect, orderly home. I am from lily of the valley, the strawberry vine. I am from the confessional and the marriage of death, from Dan Dan the Boogie Man and Dearest Sean. I am from the salt of the earth and the spark in the night sky. From money doesn’t grow on trees and work hard. I am from purgatory. I’m from a tribe, kitty cocktails and Schlitz. From the vacation destination of Yogi Bear, the bruised cousin dying from a mysterious disease and his anorexic sister. I am from Art’s Orchard my father’s lost legacy.
I have a few different versions of this poem as I tend to create one every year. They are quite different from each other and lots of fun to write. My Soulful Journaling participants created their own “Where I’m From” poems last week and enjoyed the process as much as I enjoyed hearing their finished products. Many thanks to my teachers Julie Tallard Johnson and Prudence Tippins for introducing me to the process of poem writing. The original “Where I’m From” poem was written by George Ella Lyon and is used by many poets and aspiring poets as a template for creativity and to lyrically document their lives. Where are you from?