Saturday, February 18, 2012

I am From

Normally, I hate poetry, but I wanted to share something that I wrote during my sophomore year of college and I've added to it.  It was an assignment for one of my teaching classes and I loved it.

I am From

Yes, I am odd :)
I am from dust, spiritual dust and industrial gravel dust.
I am from a park with no toys, only small trailers with small children inside wire fences.
I am from flowers, which I would string through my hair, with my older sister on the hill behind our first real house.
I am from the third tree outside my elementary school that was my only friend for a year until I made three best friends.
I am from kissing boys behind trashcans and hearts doting my i's.
I am from a moving truck, during the first year of high school and the stubborn attitude that left me friendless for another year of my life.
I am from a group of friends that I love as my brothers and sisters.
I am from three separate rides on Disney dreams near the ocean touching the coast of Florida.
I am from the graveside of eight loved ones, six that went long before it was their time.
I am from a youth conference, a man who was a missionary, and a song that says "Take, take, take it all."
I am from black ink pens and white paper, which will tell my story and all the stories that roll around in my head.
I am from a loving family, unbeatable friends, and an all-powerful God.
I am from a tub of warm water, submerging me and rising me again like my Lord.
I am from two hands and feet nailed to a cross, a sacrifice and acceptance of forgiveness.

I will go to the ends of the earth to love an orphan in a penny-less world.
I will go to serve and give as much as my heart allows.
I will go as long as I can or until God calls me home.
I will never give up on my dreams and I will never back down.
I will go because of what I am from.

I am who I am and I’m happy being me.


  1. Love it! I had to write something similar to this in high school- although I think yours is much better.

    And... I seriously can't come here without wanting jelly beans! They look SO YUMMY!

    1. Thank you - it was very fun to write. The professor actually kept mine because he liked it so much. I just love jelly beans too and that makes me laugh! Easter is coming and the speckled jelly beans are my favorite! :)

  2. I loved this. I'm stopping over from the Campaign. Cheers.

  3. Love this. Especially love the last line.
    Visiting from the Campaign also.

  4. Hi Krista, I'm stopping by from the YA group at the Campaign.

    Love this poem, I felt like I got a peek into your history in just a matter of moments. God's works are always so beautiful, especially when it's a heart :)

    1. Hi Rebekah, nice to meet you! :) I'm glad that you liked it - it does kinda give a little bit of my history. :)

  5. I've seen other people do this exercise and I always think it's amazing. I want to try it!

    I loved yours, especially: "I am from flowers, which I would string through my hair, with my older sister on the hill behind our first real house." I don't know why that line stood out to me, but it was just so evocative and lovely; it made me curious. I want you to extend that line into an entire story!

    1. Emily - you should definitely try it! It's really a great writing exercise and rewarding in its own way!

      That's my sister's favorite line too. That would be a cool line for a story... :)