This poem was inspired by the poem “Where I’m From” composed by George Ella Lyon.
Read her poem here: http://www.georgeellalyon.com/where.html
And enjoy mine.
Where I’m From
By Ciara Jones
I am from lakes and trees and strip malls in-between
I am from suburban subdivisions with a synagogue on every block just a freeway ride away from the city where theatre lived along with museums and my history
I am from an actuary educators teachers practical dreamers
I am from the bourgeoisie and black power
I am from 100 ways to cook and prepare chicken
I am from an endless supply of grits bacon and eggs
I am from millions of mugs for hot chocolate coffee and tea
I am from I love you and greeting strangers
I am from faster, stronger, tighter, deeper, higher, lower, slower and quicker
I am not from never good enough but I am from always try better than before
I am from hugs high five and hand shakes
I am from improv on the streets of Italia to Italian singing at Temple Israel
I am from embarrassing moments falling on my face
Shining perfectly in the spotlight.