Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your "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) Did you see Sunny Morton's post titled 
Write Your Own “Where I’m From” Poem and Enter to Win FREE Genealogy Gems Membership! (11 November 2015) - you can win something on Genealogy Gems.

2)  Write your own "Where I'm From" poem and enter the contest.  You can see a sample format at

3)  Share your poem on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or Google+.  

Here's mine:

Randy's From Where?

I am from an all grown up small town,

My San Diego is sun, beach and canyons,
from jacaranda trees with purple flowers.
Sunburn, body surfing and sand castles.

I grew up in a Victorian house with no porches,
With angled walls and secret places,

Sliding down a rear stair bannister,
to a backyard with boysenberry bushes.

From Rice Krispies and scrambled eggs,
Hamburgers on the backyard grill, 
Doughnuts and bread from the bakery,
Ice cream cones at the corner drug store.

From 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, Richmonds, Hildreths, and Smiths,
Carringers, Spanglers, Aubles and Kemps,
Hard working, easy playing, home building,
Laughing, learning, teaching and loving.

I am from Chula Vista, Leominster, Hilperton,
McCook, Oak Grove, Sandy Lake, Aurora, 
Killingly, Townsend, Woodbridge, Terre Haute,
colonial America, Ontario, Wiltshire and Somerset.

I am from the snake oil salesman, the blacksmith,

The house painter, the many farmers, the soldiers,
The carpenter, the wheelwright, the preacher,
And all of the dear homemakers.

I am from Episcopalians and agnostics,
Quakers, Baptists and Methodists,
Congregationalists and Pilgrims,
and turned into a Presbyterian.  

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 folks in faded and crumbling pictures,
From sod houses and salt boxes,

From homes with wood stoves and straw beds,
With outdoor plumbing and honey pots.

I am from towns built in the wilderness
And a large modern city with palm trees.
From families sewn together by love
And 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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Janice M. Sellers said...

I have to admit, Randy, it was interesting to see what came to mind as I wrote this. I think it turned out well.

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

For double the fun, everyone should submit their genealogy poem to Bill West's 7th Annual Genealogy Poetry Challenge this week. See this link: