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A Poem About Me

February 17, 2022
ExcellentBoiledPotatoes SILVER, Dayton, Ohio
9 articles 6 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
“Unless we are creators we are not fully alive” - Madeleine L’Engle

I am from Belarus

South Carolina, Ohio, and deer-filled NJ.


I am from a life-time of homeschool

Letter correspondence with friends from my half-year of "real school."


I am from beet borscht and gluten free bread

studded with raisins and dripping fresh butter

Early morning markets and the smell of warm muffins.


I am from train tracks and creek beds

Suburbs and neighborhood cats

cricket orchestras and reading in the hammock.


I'm from snowy skies and soupy summers

6 moves and 3 countries

Moving fast and pushing on.


I'm from a paradox of too many activities

numerous almost-friends

but 2 kindred spirits and a love for nature and sleepy afternoons.


I'm from "time and place" and the "long speech"

"He is risen indeed" and "have fun storming the castle"


I'm from a world-wide worldview,

Justice for all,

Kids can be the change,

Belief in magic and the Maker


Packed in yet another moving box

taped with high hopes and a history of loss

is my life box--

theatre programs, baseball tickets, homemade books and a billion unfinished journals, sheet music and poetry.


A lifetime of small accomplishments winding a twisted path into future's veiled promises.

The author's comments:

I wrote this in the summer of 2019 while attending an online social justice youth conference. We were given the opportunity to explore where we come from, and this poem is my response to that. 

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Afra ELITE said...
on Feb. 18 2022 at 11:41 pm
Afra ELITE, Kandy, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

I feel like I somewhat know you after I read this poem...It is really descriptive and I love the diction you used...⭐⭐⭐