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Where I Am From

Updated on June 12, 2014

How to create a "Where I Am From" poem

This style of poem is a great way to not just learn about people, but also what they value most in their lives.

I would recommend this as an activity for youth, as an icebreaker, or for other groups that would like to know more about each other. I did this activity with other educators when I was working as a teacher in low-income neighborhoods, and it was very enlightening and meaningful to look so deeply into the people I work with every day and to see what has made them who they are today. While there were certainly many differences between us all in our backgrounds and beliefs, there were also a lot of similarities that we shared that brought us together to work in the same place and do the same work.

To create your own "Where I Am From" poem, start each section with "I am from" and then follow it with a few lines of each topic/category:

  1. Sights/sounds/smells
  2. Food
  3. Music
  4. Phrases/quotes
  5. Ancestry

There are no guidelines for how long the poem should be. There is a lot of room for creativity here. Give everyone plenty of time to craft their poem.

Once everyone has completed their poem, ask for volunteers to share their poems, and encourage everyone to read what they have written if they like.

Enjoy this activity!

Where I Am From

I am from

poppy fields and vibrant vineyards

buzzing tractors, barking pups

all the good shows you never see anymore

free tennis balls that the rich people leave on the courts

my mother attacking rattlesnakes with a shovel

the feel of my father's kisses on my forehead

yelling first, laughing later

I am from

TV dinners with the brownies

pots and pans full of love and hard, burnt edges

runs through McDonald's

never-ending cracker stash

grease that never bothered me

homemade homemade pies

I am from

country twang out of a knee-high speakers

old and new Christmas tunes year-round

different stuff out of my brother's room every year, every phase

old-people sayings that I'll never understand

I am from

"you can do anything you set your mind to"

"don't let school get in the way of your education"

"i'm sorry, I can't help"

"why are your eyes like that?"

"i love you more than anything in the world"

I am from

a family tree cut down for lumber

holidays where I don't belong

histories I blend in with too much

a family that I would never trade

I'm not sure exactly where I'm from

but I know exactly where I am going.

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    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Sure makes you think! Nice hub, glassvisage.

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      EYES CHAMbERS 

      9 years ago

      I LOVED IT...IT bROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE AND THE LINE "WHY ARE YOUR EYES LIKE THAT" GOT ME THINKIN TO MY FAMILY... "WHY YOU CRYIN'!" OR bETTER YET "IF YOU AINT CRYIN RIGHT NOW, YOUR A bITCH!" HA HA...FROM A FAMILY WHERE THERE IS A TIME TO CRY AND A TIME TO NOT CRY AND GET YELLED AT AbOUT bOTH AND LAUGH AFTER! (: THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR

      glassvisage 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks everyone for your input! Angela, thanks for finding commonalities! I always wonder if attacking the snakes with shovels is a country thing... or just weird :)

      Nick, you did a wonderful job of taking the structure and making it your own. Awesome.

      EA, you are the best!

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      9 years ago

      What a delightful poem GlassVisage!!

      Thank you for sharing!! And what a wonderful exercise in self exploration/revelation!!

      You are one of the BEST!! Thank you!!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very revealing in a most interesting way. Thanks for sharing your I am froms...

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I am from the land of dreamers...

      Dreaming of a better way

      and a better day...

    • prasadjain profile image

      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      9 years ago from Tumkur

      A tender poem with hearty feelings and balanced rhythm; original imaginations and novel similies.

    • nick071438 profile image

      nick071438 

      9 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I am from . . .

           the land of the brown men

           the pearl of the orient seas

           Proud as we are of the Filipino race

           of our ancestry , heritage, love and devotion

           to our beloved country the Philippines.

           Rizal, Bonifacio, Lapulapu and our

           present-day heros as well have

           bequeathed  to us indomitable courage,

           valor and spirit

           That in times of  financial upheaval

           We will not despair.

          

    • maven101 profile image

      maven101 

      9 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I am from....

      Reading wonderful Hub pages like yours...

      Thanks, Larry

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice pome!

    • Angela Harris profile image

      Angela Harris 

      9 years ago from Around the USA

      Beautiful. This brought back a lot of memories. Obviously we have some things in common. My grandfather used to attack rattlesnakes with a shovel. If nothing else was around, he would grab some rocks. And I loved the TV dinners with the brownies when I was little. (I don't really care for them anymore.) :) I will try one of these poems. Thanks!

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