Where I’m From

by Jimmy Budd

I am from football gloves,

from Nike and polyester.

I am from cold Fall nights,

from grid and dirt.

I am from cold goodbyes and happy beginnings,

where the middle seems lost.

I am from isolation in the wilderness,

from countless hours spent with family.

I am from spontaneous decisions,

where my mind knows they are wrong.

I am from lost sleep and endless dreams,

with a never disappearing wish.

I am from Okemos,

spaghetti and fried chicken.  

I am from adventures and determination,

from my family’s personality.


  1. Parker 2 years ago

    I really liked your poem. Just 16 lines gave me insight into who you are and what made you that way. I liked how you incorporated many different aspects of your life, like cold fall nights, a never disappearing wish, and even fried chicken. It all helped me see a little of what shaped you and what you’re like. Thank you for your post.

  2. Savannah 3 years ago

    This is a really sweet poem that gives depth into who you are and what defines you. Well written!

  3. Danielle 3 years ago

    I love this poem. It’s very personal and gives the reader a good idea of who you are and what made you the way you are.:) Hope to hear more written by you!

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