I Am From

 This is my version of glassvissages poem, Where I Am From.

Cypress knees in the swamp.
Cypress knees in the swamp.

I am from

flat plains of rich fertile soil

where rice, beans, and sugar cane grow.

I am from

cypress knee laden swamps

alive with mysterious sounds.

I am from

blue roof tops, plywood covered windows,

generators and emergency food

when hurricane winds blow.

I am from

crisp fall evenings warmed with chicken and sausauge gumbo

and spring time boiling pots of crawfish, seasoned just right.

I am from

wearing shorts in December

trying to remember what snow feels like

and summer heat so sticky and humid

it's difficult to breathe at night.

I am from

candlelit masses to honor the dead

processions of children bearing flowers for Mary

and early morning rosaries prayed in French.

I am from

Mass on Sunday

and unquestionable Faith

handed down from my parents.

Six year old playing the accordion.
Six year old playing the accordion.

I am from

simply celebrating life when there is nothing else to celebrate,

and the happy sounds of fiddles and accordions.

I am from

large family gatherings, in joy and in grief.

I am from

remembering our heritage

and passing it down to our children.


Comments 7 comments

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Eahoue 7 years ago

This is a Beautiful Poem,

Soo Alive with heartfelt warmth.

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mamacoots 7 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thank you for stopping by and commenting! :-)

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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

Beautiful, for a few moments I was Cajun also! Thank you!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi mamacoots, I closed my eyes after reading your poem and let the images play in my mind.  A wonderful one! It made me feel good and warm inside :-)

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mamacoots 7 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thank you so much, ripplemaker. I'm so very glad you liked it! :-) Your comment made ME feel good. Thank you!!!!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago


I enjoyed this. It was delightful! I am sure you make a mean gumbo! As well as have a strong Faith!


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mamacoots 7 years ago from Louisiana Author

Bless you, DeBorrah, for your wonderful comments. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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