RIffing off of – or Ripping off? – George Ella Lyons
George Ella Lyons wrote a lovely poem entitled “Where I’m From” (here’s a link to her poem
http://georgeellalyon.com/where.html) and I asked my students to create their own versions of this poem. This is my version:
From Hail Mary and Stayin’ Alive
I am from the way back seat in
the old brown station wagon.
I am from seven sisters,
seven pairs of eyeglasses,
only one bathroom.
I am from train rides into the city
to buy school clothes and Christmas gifts
From FenwayPark and the BPL
from stay outside until you are called
and wash up before dinner
from mystery meat cooked too long
by an exhausted mother
and don’t talk back
from an angry father.
From you’re in for recess.
I am from telephone cords and 8 track tapes
Happy Days and Mary Tyler Moore
kickball, roller skates, and obstacle courses.
I’m from fried clams at Woodmans,
and salt water taffy on the Cape
from Hail Mary and Stayin’ Alive
from the Dragon Corner Store
Bit O Honeys,CharlestonChews, and Zots.
I’m from accidents happy and otherwise
from fear and courage intertwined
and years that stretch and shrink
in the blink of an eye.