I am from. . .

Just a little creative writing based on a template.

What follows is a fun little exercise, adapted by Levi Romero, inspired by "Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon and can be found here. Context is everything.

I am from the desk
from pens and coffee cups.
I am from the secluded corner lot,
where cheerios are scattered underfoot.
I am from the tulips.
The cherry tree
whose long gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I am from slurpee runs and HLA-B27
from parents and grandparents.
I'm from pack rats and laughter
and from hardcore introverts.

I'm from "remember who you are," and "you catch more flies with honey,"
and "Baby Beluga."
I'm from ornaments on Christmas Eve.
I'm from California and a European mutt.
Bierocks and poofa.
From a young boy left to cross the plains on his own,
abandoned by his brothers, who made himself a home.
His portrait staring down from my grandmother's wall.
His name shared by another pioneer, my son.

I would love to see how others respond to the same template, so if you find yourself doing the same leave me the link!


  1. Oh my gosh, I love this! I am going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
    I especially love the story about your family's history at the end. Beautiful.


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