Template Adapted by Levi Romero
Inspired by “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon
I am from expensive pens on borrowed time
From cat graphic tees and clown figurines
I am from the farmacy
a honey hive of hospitality
I am from the barely living banzai tree
The Palmettos a little more alive
whose long gone limbs I remember
As if they were my own.
I’m from Christmas Eve and Italian Pride
From Janice and Anthony and the 2 Catholic Mary’s
I’m from dunking bread in red sauce and fighting
And from telling the same stories.
I’m from Jesus’s heart and the never satsified
And somewhere over the rainbow
I’m from sotftball games
I’m from Trenton, New Jersey and Italy, Pietregala
chicken parmagiana and ego waffles
From my grandmothers resolve to live like she’d never die
her seated smile, family costumes, and inquisitive expressions
on the shelf, in boxes in the garage, in the pages of my journal
from homes that hardly felt like homes but yearned for the ones who lived in them
I am still from a place I’ve never been.