Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Where I’m From

I recently ran across the poem, Where I'm From by Georgia Ella Lyon, and I used it as inspiration to create my own story of  Where I'm From. It reminds of how each of us has a narrative to tell, and that it is our responsibility to share our stories so that we learn from each other and grow into the people we were meant to me. This is Where I'm from

I am from Home Juice delivered to my door,
Ethnic baked goods from a bus trip across town
Meals made from scratch; nothing out of a box at my house

I am from sit-down Sunday and holiday dinners
Pepper steak and rice in Chinatown
My mother, my sister, my niece and me

I am from karate lessons in the basement,
Home-made heated tents when the furnace went out,
Swing sets on a summer day
Dance parties in the front room

I am from being chased through the house – laughing and squealing,
Hide-and-go seek, Simon Says;
I am from a  time that allowed me to enjoy being a child

I am from “See you later alligator, after while crocodile;” “Watch out there now;”
And “If it had’ve been a snake it would have bit you” –
When I couldn’t find something in front of my face

I am from singing in music workshop,
The red swivel seats of an integrated Woolworths
And neighbors who know my name

I am from the bottom of the slave ship
Washed up on the shore of North America
Two cultures merged to make me

I am from Africa by way of Nigeria and Sierra Leona
From the intersection of Georgia and Mississippi
From the west and the south side of Chicago

I am from the Ancestors
On whose shoulders I stand
I am from the breath of God
I am from this place we call

Where are you from? I would love to hear your story.


  1. Jennifer Brown BanksOctober 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I come from roots that give me wings,
    Unapologetic, imperfect, and worthy,
    I come from "creole" roots and big city influences,
    I come from a place of love,
    passed down from generations of strong women,
    with soft hearts,
    I am a work in progress...

  2. Aren't we all WIP? Thank you Jennifer for sharing where you are from.