I am from lightbulbs, from Pepsi and


I am from the rambunctious, comfortable,

blue house with the large back yard.

I am from the rose bush, the tall pine whose

sap was as sticky as syrup

I am from camping trips with the

grandparents and brown hair, from Lynn

and Floyd and Elizabeth.

I am from the dinner eaten in front of the

television and children always running from

one practice to the next.

From saying please and thank you and be

kind to others.

I am from the missing pew at the back of the

church where sunday mornings were spent

on the soccer field.

I’m from Sparrow and the McClelland

dynasty, pizza and spaghetti

From the ladder my uncle rode down the

side of a wall that almost took his life and

the pen use by the lawyers that gave me another sister

I am from the smiles that hang on the living

room wall reminding me of the past and the


This poem was inspired by George Ella Lyons poem Where I’m From.

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March 27, 2017 1:13 am

I remember when we played soccer together, and your line about missing church to go to soccer reminds me of how my pastor would always comment on how little my family went to church. I really enjoyed reading this work of writing!

March 24, 2017 5:25 pm

I love your poem. I loved all the descriptive words you had I could really picture this and I really liked learning about your past. My favorite line was “I am from the missing pew at the back of the church where sunday mornings were spent on the soccer field,” it was very strong.

March 23, 2017 4:33 am

Hello Mackenzie,
What a marvelous and very figurative poem! Love it, very nice and cute, specially the last part of it 🙂

March 17, 2017 2:09 am

Very nice peom it was very well written and I enjoyed it.

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