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Where I'm From...

February 2, 2010
By HPGGMRAR GOLD, Kennesaw, Georgia
HPGGMRAR GOLD, Kennesaw, Georgia
14 articles 6 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I musn't forget I'm alive."
Ray Bradbury (Dandelion Wine)

I am from dust
and yellowing pages
From shelves
and the Dewey Decimal System
From the millions of words
lining a library’s infinite walls

I am from faeries
and Secret gardens
From pixie dust
and teeth hidden
expectantly under my pillow

I am from marbles

and jacks

and sandboxes

with tarnished tin molds
From trains and newspapers

Black and White to shades of gray

I am from Astrid Lindgren

and "Going On Nine"

Little House's and Bambi
From Dreaming on a Midsummer's Night

I am from Monopoly and tree forts

Capture the Flag and Canasta
From castles in the trees to
Flying kites on the battlefield
That one Perfect Day

I am from Borax and white glue

From vinegar volcanoes

and exploding soda cans
I am from Fourth of July’s

spent watching Roman Candles

echo over the pier

I am from Battleship and battle ships

Water and Air

1776 to 2001

I am from calendars and National Geographic

from giraffes and speckled eggs

pictures in the clouds

and bright green grass

I am from Marvin Gardens and clothespins

from blankets strewn over chairs

and Jackson, Ice Cream and old fashioned diners

I am from algebra and wind tunnels
From plane tickets and foreign ornaments

perched below angels and the Star of Bethlehem
I am from the Carol of the Bells

I am from empty canvasses and Vincent Van Gough
I am from Stone Henge

From Canis Major and Aurora Borealis
From skies painted in cloudy pastels

and waves erupting from the ocean’s murky depths

I am from etymology and wings
From academia and aerospace
Foundations and Flight

I am from those brief seconds when you feet leave the ground
and those that ground you

make you grow roots

and entwine your branches in the family tree—
Reaching towards hope
Rooted in history

The author's comments:
This piece is about me, plain and simple. Or as plain, simple and straightforward as poetry ever is. My family and I are entertwined in this poem. It's my past, present and future.

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This article has 5 comments.

mindymax GOLD said...
on Apr. 8 2010 at 2:46 pm
mindymax GOLD, Armona, California
10 articles 0 photos 80 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The whole world looked drunk, and I liked it that way." - Rebeca Godfrey, book title"The Torn skirt"

simply perfect

on Mar. 29 2010 at 11:34 am
hyperactivemayfly PLATINUM, Arlington Heights, Illinois
29 articles 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Un ange frappe a ma porte
Est-ce que je le laisse entrer
Ce n'est pas toujours ma faute
Si les choses sont cassées
Le diable frappe a ma porte
Il demande a me parler
Il y a en moi toujours l'autre
Attiré par le danger"

I love it, and I agree as well. Hypnotizing. 

on Mar. 29 2010 at 6:49 am
taintedannex GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
15 articles 5 photos 166 comments

Favorite Quote:
The truth is that at some point, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to decide who's worth the pain.

Some say having something to lose is what makes you vulnerable. I believe that having something to lose only makes you stronger.

I must agree with emilypear - absolutely hypnotizing. This is so honest and my mouth can't help but twitch to a smile when reading this. I also have to agree with the showing who you are - writing about things that made us all smile and cheer as kids are always the best and most fun to read. 

on Mar. 22 2010 at 8:53 pm
HPGGMRAR GOLD, Kennesaw, Georgia
14 articles 6 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I musn't forget I'm alive."
Ray Bradbury (Dandelion Wine)

Thank you!

i love this poem, but thought no one would ebver read it, because it seems to be a pretty popular school assignment. Could you check out my other stuff?


on Mar. 22 2010 at 2:41 pm
signed44 SILVER, Waxhaw, North Carolina
7 articles 16 photos 12 comments
Hypnotizing. I find that poems in which you don't really even mention yourself are the best at describing you. This really shows us who you are, inside and out. Fantastic.