A couple years ago, through our group author blog at Southern BelleView, I was introduced to a wonderful way of recalling and writing your story in a nutshell… or more specifically, in free verse poetry. Even if poetry isn’t your thing, you may be surprised at what you end up with using this template method. After I published mine on the blog, several friends used it to write their own Where I’m From poems as gifts for family Christmas gatherings, special anniversaries, and a 90th birthday party for a beloved mother and grandmother. Take a look and delve into remembering your story! You can find the template link by clicking here.
Here’s my Where I’m From poem:
Where I’m From
by Lisa Wingate
I am from Captain Kangaroo mornings, from Oldsmobiles without air conditioning and trips that ran long while old two-lanes sang road songs beneath the wheels.
I am from the white, flat-roofed Florida house with rains billowing off the sea, and endless princess games of let’s pretend, and rockets blazing trails to the moon.
I am from Sunday dresses and white Mary Janes and the cross in the hallway. From bedtime prayers, and heaven just beyond the moon, and quiet wondering, But when does God sleep?
From the grandmother who gathered coal along the tracks to warm young brothers and sisters, the grandpa who drummed in the band, the love at first sight that lasted, and lasted, and lasted until the last goodbye.
I am from the photos on the stairway wall, the wind-up clock from the Old Country, the top hat like Honest Abe’s, the blue-rimmed dishes, the hope-chest canisters that saved pennies for children’s carousel rides.
So, what about you? Where are you from? If you decide to do your own poem, come back and share it in the comments here.