My sister posted her version of this poem, which she had to do for a Comp class, then issued a challenge for readers to write their own. I've been working on it for 3 days now. (The little squeaking pink bundle in my arms has provided a wonderfully effective distraction. She's with her Auntie Kim right now, so here you go.)
I am from a wooden rocking chair, three-children old, from Heinz 57 and adjustable plastic roller skates.
I am from the always shared bedroom, top bunk then bottom bunk, Pegasus and princess stories to fall asleep to, wrapped in pastel flowered sheets.
I am from the honeysuckle (sweet summer snack), the sourgrass patch (eat it if you dare).
I am from homemade doughnuts for the bake sale and Mom-approved multi-colored hair, from Blanche and Min and theirs before them.
I am from the address in pencil and tattoos from Missouri.
From "to whom much is given, much is required" and "privilege and responsibility walk hand in hand."
I am from church when it was open, learning to hear God's voice and knowing He is our source.
I'm from 1/32nd Choctaw and half Jew, from the land of the Golden Driller and Praying Hands, shepherd's pie and the world's best brownies.
From the hippies in a prayer circle and fork scars in the hand.
I am from walls covered with generational smiles, shelves of collections, and stories told with older, wiser voices to younger, better ears (pierced maybe a few too many times).
Are you up to the challenge? Go here for the template, then post yours on your blog, then leave me the link in the comments. If you don't have a blog, you can leave your whole poem in the comments.