Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A "Where I'm From" poem

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 

1)  Write a poem about "Where I'm From" using the template found at the website

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Google Plus or Facebook note.

Here's mine:

Randy's From Where?

I am from an all grown up small town,
from Rice Krispies and store-bought clothes.

I grew up in a Victorian house with no porches
with angled walls and secret places.
I am from coral trees and boysenberry bushes,
from jacaranda trees with purple flowers.

My San Diego is sun and beach,
sunburn, body surfing and sand castles.
Cavemen, Padres, Chargers and Aztecs,
football in the street, baseball in the park,
bicycles, flexies and scooters, newspaper routes, 
berry sales, Piggly Wiggly and five-and-dime stores.

I am from Seavers and Carringers,
from Aubles and Richmonds,
hard working, easy playing,
laughing, learning, and loving.

I am from a family of encouragers
and triers and second place winners.
From "never give up," "do your best" 
and "well done, you tried hard."

I am from Episcopalians and agnostics,
and turned into a Presbyterian.  

I'm from Chula Vista, Leominster,
McCook, Oak Grove, Sandy Lake, Aurora, 
Killingly, Townsend, Sterling,
colonial America, Wiltshire and Somerset.

From the snake oil salesman, the house painter, 
the blacksmith, the farmer, 
the carpenter, the wheelwright, 
and all of the dear homemakers.

I am from folks in faded and crumbling pictures,
from homes with wood stoves and straw beds,
from sod houses and salt boxes,
from towns built in the wilderness
by the indomitable human spirit.

If I can do it, you can do it!  It's amazing what memories and thoughts come to mind when you write about "Where I'm From."  

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


Dorene from Ohio said...


This was a lot of fun. Here's mine:

Donna - What's Past is Prologue said...

I'm glad you did this one again - I didn't participate last time. Here's mine:
Where I'm From

John said...

Here's the official website of the original poet, George Ella Lyon

Where she has her original poem, and an audio recording of her reading it.

Sonja Hunter said...

Here's mine, Randy.

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Darlene Anderson said...

Hi Randy! I took your lead and here's mine ...

Unknown said...

I wrote one, too!

BDM said...

Oh my. Tuned in late, as usual. Feel an extreme compulsion to make a poem rhyme. It might be ready in a few months! (big smile)

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Randy, this was fun. Thanks for the template.

Leaves & Branches...

Diane Weintraub said...

Thanks, Randy:) Here's mine: