For so many years, my students have studied and discussed George Ella Lyons poem, “Where I’m From” and then written their own.
So many years later, I wrote mine.
Where I’m From
I am from wide open spaces,
from endless horizons and Oklahoma skies.
I am from dancing lessons on Main Street.
(Pirouettes and plies
and a shuffle ball change,
it felt like Broadway.)
I am from faith and gratitude, peace and hope.
I’m from banana bread and books,
from Sharon and David.
I’m from “Treat people how you want to be treated”
I’m from “I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me” and
“When you know better,
you do better.”
I’m from Ada and George, Catherine and Ed,
many more books and second-hand shopping.
From lifelong friendships
and hometown happenings,
hard work and hellos.
From mistakes and heartaches
Turned pages of my history
bookmarked to guide me
through the next chapters of
my unwritten future.