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Where I'm From by George Ella Lyons. I am from clothespins, from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride . I am from the dirt under the back porch. (Black, glistening it tasted like beets.) I am from the forsythia bush. the Dutch elm whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.

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Where i m from by george ella lyons
Where I'm From by George Ella Lyons

I am from clothespins,

from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride .

I am from the dirt under the back porch.

(Black, glistening

it tasted like beets.)

I am from the forsythia bush.

the Dutch elm

whose long gone limbs I remember

as if they were my own.

I am from fudge and eyeglasses.

from Imogene and Alafair.

I’m from the know-it-alls

and the pass-it-ons,

from perk up and pipe down.

I’m from He restoreth my soul

with a cottonball lamb

and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,

fried corn and strong coffee.

From the finger my grandfather lost

to the auger

the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box

spilling old pictures.

a sift of lost faces

to drift beneath my dreams.

I am from those moments

snapped before I budded

leaf-fall from the family tree.


Where i m from by mr wyatt
“Where I’m From”By Mr. Wyatt

I am from Colonial Hills Elementary

and girls-chase-boys, Saturdays

sprawled on straw-yellow carpeting,

OSU football and cold pizza.I am from a teacher mom and a doctor dad,

pumpkin hunting at Lynd’s Fruit Farm

and screaming down Devil’s Hill

on a steel runner sled.I am from “goodness gracious alive!”buoyant Dixie expressions

on grave Yankee mornings.

I am from church sermons

wafting through the vents

of a VW dealership.I am from corn mazes, bike trails

stretched over railways

like band-aids. I am from post-post-

industrial, the natural science museum,

black theater boxes, and wrinkling

time in the back of a Florida-bound

Corolla.


Where i m from quick write

Where I’m From Quick Write

Stanza 1

think about the items found in your home (books, bobby pins, quilt fabric, stacks of newspapers, coupons, ballet shoes, etc.)

think about the items found in your yard (swing sets, broken tools, tractors, hoses coiled like green snakes, etc.)

think about the items found at your table (foods that recall family gatherings, favorite foods, snack items, comfort foods

Stanza 2

think about common sayings (If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times.)

Stanza 3

think of names of family members, relatives, friends that link you to the past

Think of places that link you to the past (places where you stored your childhood memories, places that represent a particular time of year, etc. )