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Where I'm From

By George Ella Lyon

I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening,
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I'm from fudge and eyeglasses,
          from Imogene and Alafair.
I'm from the know-it-alls
          and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down!
I'm from He restoreth my soul
          with a cottonball lamb
          and ten verses I can say myself.

I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
          to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments--
snapped before I budded --
leaf-fall from the family tree


I am Scout Finch


I am from _____________________________________________ (an everyday item in your house)

From __________________________ and ____________________________ (products or everyday items in your home)

I am from the ___________________________________________________ (description of your home)

_________________________________________ (a detail about your home—a smell, taste, or feeling)

I am from the _________________________________________________________(plant, flower, or other natural item)

The _____________________________________________, (a plant, tree, natural item near your home)

Whose ___________________________________ (description of above item) reminds me of

___________________________________________________ (how the above item was important to you)


I’m from ____________________ and _________________________ (a family tradition and family trait)

From _____________________________ and _________________________________ (family members)

I’m from _________________________________and ____________________________ (family habits)

And from _______________________________________________________________ (a family habit)


I’m from ___________________________________ and _____________________________________ (things you were told or heard as a child)

And ________________________________________________ (a song or saying you learned as a child)

I’m from _____________________________________________________________ (a family tradition)

I’m from ___________________ (place of birth) and ________________________(family ancestry, nationality, or place)

___________________________________ and __________________________________ (family foods)

From________________________________________________________(a memory of a family member)

_______________________________________________________________________ (detail about the story or person)

_________________________________________(description of family mementos, pictures, or treasures)

_______________________________________________________(current location of those mementos)