Monday, May 08, 2006

Ok, I'll go for it!

I have filled in the "Where I am From Template" and while not completely happy, I am sending it forward like a newborn baby with the cheesy coating not completely peeled away.


I am from worn books and small farms, from Sears and Roebuck and home-canned sweet cherries.

I am from the big picture windows facing the breath-taking snowy peaks.

I am from a homemade house, a barn of swift swallows and meadows of cow grass; I am from the irrigation pond and the foothills riddled with chipmunks and cactus.

I am from picnics on the sides of swiftly flowing rivers and three people talking at once, from immigrant 14-year-olds and Mary Jane and Daniel and Kitten and Richard and Doenie and Debi.

I am from going six directions at once and stretching the dollar until it snaps; From skinny legs and talking too much.

I am from now and then religion that came as needed and disappeared just as fast. Church was summer camp crafts and evening vespers.

I'm from the Italian Alps
and the rugged gravel paths above timberline, homemade pasta sauce and Sunday fried chicken.

From directing children’s backyard theater rehearsals, the long hikes under the shushing pine trees, and the childlessness and parentlessness of others.

I am from a five-dollar camel-back trunk, a million digital photos and collected sea shells whispering priceless memories.


  1. Oh, I like this. I got the template, I am going to work on one.

    I like the picture it paints.

  2. I like this! I think I will give it a whirl.

  3. I'm in too! You did a wonderful job! I just loved the concept :)

  4. Great writing project for sure! I may work on it over the next week. Yours is divine! I love the portrait it draws of you. Your writing creates such interesting images and allows us to know many little details about your life and history we would otherwise likely never know. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  5. Anonymous9:49 AM

    Tabor, this is wonderful! I don't know why your not completely happy with it. Are you a perfectionist? Should that go in the poem? Just kidding? I enjoyed it. Is Fred First at still collecting the finished products.

  6. Colleen, as you may note we have motivated a group of other bloggers. I didn't know Fred was collecting these...that makes me even more perfectionist wary...!

  7. Anonymous2:06 PM

    Very nicely done! This is my favorite "non-meme" meme on the web, I think.

  8. Just found this - thanks - this is a great "meme" - a good way to set your mind toward writing poetry. I think I will post on my blog with a link to you here. thanks again.


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