I Am From


I Am From…

I am from books
From cameras and photographs
I am from the brick house
Both cold and hot
I am from the Carolina jessamine
The live oak tree
Whose long gone limbs I remember
As if they were my own.
I am from Thanksgiving at Granny’s and brown eyes
From Daddy and Grandma

I am from stubbornness and sweet tooth
And from sassiness
I am from the Cherokee and the Irish
And Jesus Loves Me
I am from great food
I am from South Carolina and Glasgow
And turkey and dressing
From fried chicken tears
And the Great Depression
Aunt Mae’s tarnished brass bell
On my computer tower
And her wedding ring that Mama wouldn’t let me keep.

By Suzanne Gunter McClendon
©4 January 2018

Adapted by Levi Romero
Inspired by “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon
Template found here: I Am From  (This link opens a PDF.)

Image Source: Pixabay – Oak Trees at a South Carolina Plantation

About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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6 Responses to I Am From

  1. 15andmeowing says:

    That was excellent. I am sorry you didn’t get to keep the ring though. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vanessence says:

    I love your poem!

    I miss writing poetry. I really should get back into it.

    Cherokee and Irish, too, huh? If you tell me next you had relatives in Oklahoma before the war (WWII) I’ll know something’s definitely up between you and I!

    Blessings! xoxox

    Liked by 1 person

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