Monday, July 11, 2011

Where i'm from

I am from sprinklers and Flinstone vitamins and made believe stories, the things that grow a young girl up.

I am from the long yellow house with a wood and small pond

(I dipped my toes in once, rafting,

but never again because the fish liked to nibble)

I am from the garden’s canned tomatoes and peas shucked finger-purple.

I am from the mimosa in her fancy feathers

and the crepe myrtle with her july-bright pinks and purples,

these summer ladies amused at our paper-fan attempts to cool ourselves.

I am from “doodle sauce” and crooked smiles, from rosie and cleo and grandfathers I hardly remember.

I am from the crawfords and russells and I know my father’s name

but not his branch of history.

I am from bunkbeds and sleepovers and stage whispers through walls,

from plump, messy women who hold grudges and love too hard.

I am from mind your manners and don’t count your chickens before they hatch, from the Ten Commandments and faith rugged as old crosses

and red letter editions in a pew held down by sister mary, and I wonder

if she was afraid to witness about jesus like I was?

I am from the South, from biscuits and grits

and fried chicken and greens, though not like how

my mama cooked them for the first time at age 32

and added a whole cup of sugar because when she called his momma for the recipe, she wasn’t too specific.

I am from history in typeface, newspapers

yellowing and fragile on the shelf in her closet,

world events and family obituaries too rich to throw out,

stored along with photo albums of her first marriage and us as babies.

I am from books and history and photos that never tell the full story.


i saw this at suzannah's (and hers is SO beautiful!) and decided to try my own.


Jodi said...

I like where you're from, girl. Hugs.

Wandering On Purpose said...

I LOVE this. Creates great word pictures and smiles.

Sarah said...

Yours is SO beautiful, too. I love this, and knowing you a little better.

misti said...

This is so lovely, Misty! I am filing the idea away to try my hand at it!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

I'm from flintstone vitamins too.
This was awesome, I loved every word...

Nancy said...

I'm from Flintstone vitamins, too, and I adored them until my children fought daily over who got the dino vitamin. I mean Every. Single. Day.

I saw this at Suzanne's place,too, and thought it was lovely. Glad you pieced together your own, you red-letter girl, you!

suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} said...

LOVE this--especially the glimpse into a southern world so different than what i know.

the photos never do tell the full story. love your word pictures.

Leslie said...

rich and gorgeous and full of the mists of childhood memory. i especially love the parts about the mimosa and the crepe myrtle :)

(you should link this to one shot poetry wednesday.)