As part of a writing course that I am taking, I have written a poem called I Am From. It is based on the original poem by George Ella Lyons. Here is my version:
I Am From
by Haley McManigal
I am from leftovers and Little Debbie snack cakes. I am from fried potatoes, pinto beans and cubed steak.
I am from family togetherness and huge home-cooked holiday meals. I am from laughing 'till we cry and keeping it real.
I am from Mamaw's house forever and moving every year. I am from hiding true feelings and telling others what they want to hear.
I am from Thursday night auctions and dime stores and thrift shops. I am from department stores on Sunday and shop till you drop.
I am from church three times a week and youth group homes. I am from fire and brimstone and Jesus loves me this I know.
I am from striving and straight A's. I am from band rooms and art studios and church Christmas plays.
I am from long hair, clear skin and make-up bags. I am from curling irons and hairspray and fashion mags.
I am from angelic voices and sweet smelling perfume. I am from kindness and beauty that light up a room.
I am from used cars and railroad tracks. I am from big dreams, hard work, and cologne mixed with cigarette smoke from the third pack.
I am from bible verses and "don't you dare". I am from "good night, sweet dreams, I love you" and the Serenity Prayer.
I am from givers and I am from takers. I am from passionate entrepreneurs and dedicated home-makers.
I am from un-ending courage and irrational fears. I am from joy and sadness and smiles and tears.
Till next time,
© Haley McManigal 2015
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