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Where I am From

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Where I am From

I am from humor, wit, and playing nice,
to constantly writing on my own device.
I am from softly sassy smiles,
From running and running for many miles.

I am from a family filled with green eyes,
From not giving up and many tries.
I am from parents who always laugh,
and do so much for another's behalf.

I am from being the monkey in the middle,
Being tirelessly teased but looked up to a little.
I am from having just one older sister;
When she went to college I really missed her.

I am from a hard-working military dad,
and Mom who’s a computer software grad.
I am from family paparazzi grandma
With old, silly, sweet-toothed grandpa.

I am from drinking hot chocolate all year round,
From eating Grandma’s cooking without a sound.
I am from Mom’s Mexican, Italian, and more,
From oodles of dishes that become a chore.

I am from a wild-western state,
From watching bright sunsets from the gate.
I am from a city steeped in tradition,
with smart folks filled with ample ambition.

I am from happy green playing fields
Fraught with kids riding bikes without any yields.
I am from “love yous” and “don’t hurries” 
From “stay safes” and “don’t you worries.” 

I am from old fashioned picture frames, 
from fading pink paint with many names.
I am from blooming buds and wilting roses
to lanky limbed trees grown in unique poses.

And in this world that can be so bleak,
It’ll be those memories that I keep.
Locked deep and safe in my own heart;
I've loved them all, every simple part.

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  1. Date: 7/27/2011 12:03:00 PM
    Amazing poem!!! congratulations.

  1. Date: 7/26/2011 7:13:00 AM
    dazzling, beth..special KUDOS to you for superb win!...huggs

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 9:29:00 PM
    VERY clever style you used here, Beth. I love your writing form. Loved this poem. Much of it I relate to. NOstalgia is the greatest. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 8:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Tracie's "Getting to know you" contest Beth. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 4:24:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, best wishes Em :)

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 10:51:00 PM
    You are from a great place, Beth. Fantastic poem. Congrats. to you :)

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 8:04:00 PM
    such a REAL person so much joy..very luck too Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 1:52:00 PM
    Congrats Beth on your super win with this insightful poetry luv.. enjoy...

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 12:52:00 PM
    Just loved your poem, so touching and respectful. Congratulations on your win. Lee

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 10:04:00 AM
    Beautiful, Beth. Many congrats on your SUPER WIN. Lainie

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 8:15:00 AM
    Thanks for entering my "getting to know you' contest Beth congrats on your 3rd place win xxx Tracie

  1. Date: 6/30/2011 12:39:00 PM
    Stopping by your amazing poetry to thank you for your kind comments on mine Beth. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/28/2011 4:56:00 PM
    this was awesome and so nice to get to know you. cory