Where I am From: 2020 Edition

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Happy New Year to all my readers.

This is my yearly version of the “Where I’m From” poem prompt.  You can find my original prompt here and the versions from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  If anyone else wants to try their hand at the poem prompt, I’d love to read your results, so feel free to leave a comment.

Where I’m From

I am from a wood-toned TV tray, from a Kitchen Aid stand mixer and plastic storage bins.

I am from the two-bedroom, cave-like, poorly-lit, half-basement, apartment with the bookcase wall and the box-filled office/crafting room.

I am from the deep pink Christmas cactus, the philodendron in the pot with bubbling paint.

I am from steak on Thanksgiving and unruly hair, from Catherine Cameron and Jane Elizabeth and Kenneth Hadyn.

I am from the collecting of postcards and the making of family photo calendars.

From watch where you’re going and don’t read after bed time.

I am from stained glass windows, sacred groves, thuribles, solitary altars, and wooden crosses.  From simple wooden buildings, rich fabrics, and everyone welcome at the table.  From silent nights contemplating the moon, solitary practice, and the universal divine.

I’m from Monroeville and Scotland, Scotcheroos and pumpkin rolls.

From the night it didn’t occur to me to get off the crib mattress on the floor, the crying I did wishing my mother would come, and the fondness my mother always shows when she tells the story.

I am from Shutterfly sites, plastic bins of honeymoon keepsakes, shelves full of books passed down through the family, files upon files on hard drives, and collections on shelves in closets.

From the memories that they invoke, the feelings they bring, and the people they bring to mind.

From stories, pictures, postcards, trinkets, and shared experiences.

Where I’m From: 2019 Edition

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This is my yearly version of the “Where I’m From” poem prompt.  You can find my original prompt here and the versions from 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  If anyone else wants to try their hand at the poem prompt, I’d love to read your results, so feel free to leave a comment.

 

Where I’m From

I am from mechanical pencils, from a blue North Face backpack and a too small iPhone.

I am from the quiet, dark, semi-basement, cluttered apartment.

I am from the kitchen window philodendron, the purple fields of heather.

I am from gathering in the kitchen and continual curiosity, from Catherine and Kenneth and Carlton.

I am from the tendency to correct everyone and a desire for super soft pajamas.

From you can grow up to be anything and don’t read under the covers after bed time.

I am from simple wooden crosses, red carpet runners, and a sturdy A-frame building.

I’m from Monroeville and Scotland, spicy Italian sausage spaghetti sauce and pumpkin rolls.

From the fruit punch cup flying and coloring the dictionary pages pink, the marbled edges that almost look intentional now, and the many incorrect insults my sister made me look up after I used them on her.

I am from fridge magnets, photo albums, computer files, old letters, and boxes of slides.

From time spent reminiscing, memories of loved ones, and family history.

From stories over crossing the Atlantic, founding towns, train wrecks, and weddings.

Where I’m From 2018 Edition

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Every year since I started the blog, I’ve done a new version of the below poem.  It comes from a template I found, and you can read my original post explaining it here.  You can also fine the past versions of the poem for 2017, 2016, and 2015.

Happy New Year to all of you, I hope you enjoy my poem.

Where I’m From: 2018 Edition

I am from college rule spiral notebooks, from Post-It Notes and Gelly Roll pens.

I am from the cluttered, nerdy, purr-filled apartment.

I am from the philodendron, the Christmas cactus.

I am from too much food at holidays and fluffy fly-away hair, from Catherine and Cameron and Carol.

I am from talking with your hands and getting loud when excited.

From watch where you’re going and don’t talk with your mouth full.

I am from wooden crosses and candles.  Nature, labyrinths, thuribles, and simple wooden buildings.

I’m from Monroeville and Scotland, pumpkin rolls and scotcheroos.

From the crib mattress on the floor and laying there crying because it never occurred to me to get up and find my parents, the bemusement of my mother, and the crib escape tendencies of my sister.

I am from magazine holders, hard drives, and university archives.  Historical records of town foundings, fondly remembered outings, goofy Halloween costumes, and cherished memories of first dates and weddings.

Happy New Year – Where I’m From – 2017 Edition

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I really like this poem prompt and it has a lot of room for creativity.  Once a year in January, I’m going to do the prompt again and post it to the blog to see where I’m from that year that might be different from the year before or the year after.

Here’s a link to the “Where I’m From” Prompt.  If you’d like to join me in this poem prompt, please link to your poem in the comments.

Here are links to my 2015 and 2016 poems for comparison.

And here is the 2017 version of “Where I’m From.” Continue reading

Happy New Year – Where I’m From – 2016 Edition

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I really like this poem prompt and it has a lot of room for creativity. Once a year in January, I’m going to do the prompt again and post it to the blog to see where I’m from that year that might be different from the year before or the year after.

Here’s a link to the “Where I’m From” Prompt. If you’d like to join me in this poem prompt, please link to your poem in the comments.

Here’s a link to last year’s poem for comparison.

 

And here is the 2016 version of “Where I’m From”

 

I am from plastic spoons and forks, from a 2006 Acer Aspire One netbook and a Logitech laser wireless mouse.

I am from the cluttered, box-filled, unrenovated, dimly lit apartment.

I am from the maple leaves, and the white pine trees.

I am from Christmas morning cheesy eggs and a love of books, from Carolyn and Jane and Elizabeth.

I am from the chocolate lovers and intellectual arguers.

From ‘you can be anything when you grow up’ and ‘don’t play with your food.’

I am from wooden crosses and full moons. Padded kneelers, forest glades, Christmas midnights, solitary practice, and Easter sunrises.

I’m from Monroeville, Scotland, England, and Germany, ricotta free lasagnas and homemade pumpkin pies.

From the Thanksgiving of illness and twice missed trains, the perseverance to drive home anyway, and the care and love waiting there.

I am from computer files, printed calendars, desktop frames, university libraries, and original artwork .  From family stories, founding ancestors, MP letters, and personal fiction. From the sharing of history, story, and love.

Where I’m From: 2015 Edition

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Here is the first edition of the “Where I’m From” prompt I’ll be doing annually. I look forward to sharing this with you every year and reading some of your attempts at the prompt that you can find here on last week’s post.

 

I am from spiral notebooks, from Super Gel pens and homemade jewelry.

I am from a box-filled, cluttered ,mess with a hidden black cat, no couches, and a half-butt kitchen.

I am from the heather filled moors, the clover and thistle of highland hills.

I am from lifelong learners and blue-collar workers, from Carol Anne and Hadyn and Cameron.

I am from the inability to be on time as a group and the meticulous organization of desks and computer files.

From share with your sister and don’t talk to strangers.

I am from wooden crosses, open fields, comforting ritual, and solitary practice.

I’m from Pennsylvania and Scotland, pretzels and “turkey” stew.

From the lecture tour five-great-grandfather Brown took back to Scotland as a Canadian MP, the evangelizing of a better life in Northern America and the drive to always keep learning after finishing each degree.

I am from the digital realms and shoeboxes in closets, from 8mm films and video cassette tapes.

I am from remembrances of places grandparents visited and we later learned.

I am from the little moments frozen in time with birthday candles, summer pools, and forever friends.

I am from memories, friends, mementos, family, music, and laughter.

Where I’m From: The Prompt

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I came across a really neat prompt for blogging recently, and I like it so much I’d like to share.

You can find the original prompt with its author’s version of the filled in prompt here.

They started with a cool quote: “If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.” Wendell Berry

The prompt is based on a poem by George Ella Lyons called “Where I’m From” and can be found at the end of the post ready for your to fill out. I’d love to hear everyone’s responses to the prompt. Post it on your blog and leave me a link in the comments, or on the comments next week when I post the 2015 edition.

I really like this prompt and it has a lot of room for creativity, so I’m going to make it a tradition of sorts. Once a year I’m going to do the prompt again and post it to the blog to see where I’m from that year that might be different from the year before or the year after.

The “Where I’m From” Prompt:

I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.

I am from the _______ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail).

I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)

I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).

I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).

From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I’m from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).

From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).

I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).