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Where I'm From

May 25, 2010
By celloizmylife PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
celloizmylife PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious.....And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney

I am from scented dish soap,
bubbling green with foam.
I am from midnight reading.
(In darkness,
listening for footsteps.)
I am from the Japanese maples,
the cherry blossoms
fluttering in the wind
like flakes of colored paper.

I am from steak and rosary beads,
from Chris and Anna.
I'm from the friendly bats
and conversing birds,
from inside voice and every time a bell rings.
I'm from comedy and movie lines,
remembering word for word
and forgetting the origin.

I'm from family long gone,
mud pies and chicken dumplings.
From parents and brother who knew me best,
the dog I cared for most to her death.
On my bedside table is a photo frame
preserving old memories.
forever reminded
glanced at before sleep.
I am from the hopes and dreams-
lost and found, then lost forever-
from my mind's many tales.

The author's comments:
This was an assignment for school (technically I had to do this assignment two years in a row, and this is the second version). It's based on a poem by George Ella Lyon, and I can tell my school isn't the only one in the country to have to write a "Where I'm From" poem. If you liked the style, we didn't come up with it ourselves.

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