Sunday, April 12, 2020
Apr12Poetry - I Am From
I'm trying something new, taking a risk this month - participating in
#VerseLove with Sarah Donovan,
hoping to write poetry every day this April.
Today's challenge is to write an "I am From" poem, following a provided template. I am familiar with this fun poem style; my school often uses this as an icebreaker for staff at the outset of a new teaching year. These poems are a great way to get to know others.
A couple lines from each poem written for the challenge will be added to a collaborative poem.
I Am From
I am from dolls,
Sears and Roebuck, and
Pontiac station wagon with woodgrain paneling.
I am from Navy base housing,
hard-working, strong, and the smell of cigars.
I am from fresh tomatoes in August,
grown at the side of the house.
I'm from praying the rosary and dogmatic,
from Alice and Ted.
I from the silent treatment and rough-housing.
From 'blessed are the peacemakers," and "don't be so sensitive."
I'm from Massachusetts and Irish,
canned brown bread, and frozen dinners.
From summer days outside, and neighborhood games of capture the flag.
I'm from Mom's laying down, she doesn't feel well.
So many memories packed in shoeboxes,
on the shelf above Dad's tool bench in the garage,
if not already thrown out from an earlier move.