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I am From

September 16, 2009
By daisy:) SILVER, Russellville, Kentucky
daisy:) SILVER, Russellville, Kentucky
8 articles 1 photo 8 comments

I am from filthy bare feet
And a '94 Chevy truck
Ponytails and Rolled-down windows
Luscious green cornfields
The cleansing smell after it rains

I am from the fragrant aroma
Of warm chess pie
So fresh
I taste Grandmother's slanted cursive recipe

From their rolling farmland,
Imbedded into my soul
And four-wheeler rides at dusk
Holding on by Granddaddy's belt loops

I am from summer humidity,
Cherry sugar dripping
From a nearly bare Popsicle stick,
A sticky red grin on my face

I am from the potato chip sound
Of multi-colored leaves,
Underneath my feet

I am from the arm I broke
To satisfy my 1 1/2 year old curiosity
From sling and cast
As a reminder and punishment,
For taking that adventurous lunge

I am from God's thumbprint
His special mark on me
From my faithful assembly
At a country Baptist church
Among shady Walnut trees

I am from Sunday dinner
At T's house
From the creamy potato soup
And delicate lemon pie,
Prepared in love
I am from approaching heat,
Dirty hands,
And wood chips
Heaped high
Around blossoming Bradford Pears

I am from a healing breeze,
Winter's good-bye kiss
From Candyland sunsets
And blissful starry nights
Where the crickets reign

I am from the snap of a camera
Captured moments,
A tiny girl with straight, dark hair
And cornflower blue eyes
Kneeling in the yellow buttercups;
A teenager halfway smiling,
From the same patch of golden memories

Despite my young ignorance,
I understand my heritage and my core
These things aren’t what’s around me
Or what’s in my past…
They are what I will surely become

The author's comments:
This piece was a school assignment. I was excited about it from the very beginning and couldn't stop writing until I was finished. It's easy to write about who you are and what's around you.

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This article has 9 comments.

Samhradh GOLD said...
on Mar. 29 2022 at 11:07 am
Samhradh GOLD, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
18 articles 2 photos 61 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.

(No matter how long the day, evening comes)

This really resonated with me. You have a strong voice

on Nov. 9 2009 at 9:43 pm
chelsead BRONZE, Marlette, Michigan
2 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live."
-Tuck Everlasting

I love the detail and the soul that you put into this--you can really tell that you care about the subject and it really describes how you felt when you wrote it. absolutely beautiful. =] thanks for your comment on my work!

daisy:) SILVER said...
on Sep. 27 2009 at 5:11 pm
daisy:) SILVER, Russellville, Kentucky
8 articles 1 photo 8 comments
Thanks! I guess it's a popular assignment! Haha!

daisy:) SILVER said...
on Sep. 27 2009 at 5:09 pm
daisy:) SILVER, Russellville, Kentucky
8 articles 1 photo 8 comments
Thank you very much:)

daisy:) SILVER said...
on Sep. 27 2009 at 5:08 pm
daisy:) SILVER, Russellville, Kentucky
8 articles 1 photo 8 comments
Wow, you just made my day! Thank you very very very much!

on Sep. 27 2009 at 2:05 pm
accio-sarcasm, Nunya Effin Business, Other
0 articles 0 photos 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To the well organized man, death is but the next great adventure."
-Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

"There's nothing wrong with you. There's just a lot wrong with the world you live in."
-Chris Colfer

I did one like this too.

on Sep. 26 2009 at 10:50 pm
Of all the poems i have read on this site, and i'm talking alot. This has to be one of the very best written. The detail and understanding of country life is amazing at least to say. your a Goddess. Thats what i see in your words. Keep up the good work. I see aother great auther comming from the hills of Kentucky!

Sara123 BRONZE said...
on Sep. 22 2009 at 5:59 pm
Sara123 BRONZE, Cincinnati, Ohio
2 articles 1 photo 2 comments
this is so good. I love the detail.

on Sep. 22 2009 at 4:51 pm
CandieApple PLATINUM, Hartford, Wisconsin
29 articles 0 photos 90 comments

Favorite Quote:
The world is a stage, and we are merely players- Shakespeare (at least it goes something like that!!)

Impressive. My friend in middle school had to do the same type of project. Speak who she is through the words of a poem. I would enjoy this project, but sadly I had a different class! Very nice. :D