Where I’m From


I am from candlelight

from frilly lace and slippered feet.

I am from the broken bedroom mirror trimmed in golden fleur-de-lis.

I am from showy-scarlet snapdragons, tall on Grandma’s fence

the stains of fallen crabapples, fresh on Grandpa’s hands. 

I’m from ice skating and dirt bikes

one down and five up

from Lucy Evangeline’s poetry 

and the rule of Lord Curzon.

I’m from the go-for-its 

and the soft-hearted

from fiercely independent and just because.

I’m from Let There Be Peace On Earth

barefoot, in a college town. 

I’m from the Rhineland and England

buttered knedle and all things chocolate.

From Grandpa’s beloved woodworking patterns 

and summers on Michigan lakes.

Across the bridge and further down a winding river’s road

held safely in my mother’s arms within my childhood home

the treasure of my family resides.


Copyright © Kelly Huntson and kellyhuntson.com All rights reserved.

*originally published December, 2018

Written as an exercise with my writing group using a template (loosely) from George Ella Lyon’s poem, “Where I’m From.”

If you’ve never written a “Where I’m From” poem, I highly recommend it! They can be written over and over again at any age. You may even learn something new about your ancestry. The more personal and specific you are with the details, the more special it will be for you. 

Here is a link to the template for the poem if you are interested.

Bits and pieces of “where I’m from” now shine on this heart ornament, thanks to Lynne Fisher’s lovely craft idea included with her post at https://lynnefisher.wordpress.com