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POEM: who writes ‘I am’ poems?

January 13, 2014

Thanks to Lishai Peel for setting the tone and offering the space to allow this poem to breathe.

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who writes ‘I am’ poems?

 

 

I am from a family of

giants

boisterous voices

tumbling from the tops of staircases

 

I am from the tiny pocket

fold of my mother’s mind

a wildness and bright spirit

that never fully developed

within her

 

I am from a long line of

maroon warriors, mighty,

mischievous, not fighting for freedom

but being a breathing example of it

 

I am from the idea that a second child

would be hard but totally worth it

 

I am from a love for a pop star’s

sparkle, a women who’s

fame and glow

was a worthy namesake

 

I am from a street that leans

deep into an apple orchard

a street that gazes ahead

upon a fresh water swamp

 

I am from a teardrop

in my grandmother’s eye

when her boyfriend left her pregnant

alone and homeless in Jamaica

 

I am from the intricate

patterns of a universe

expanding into the ether

 

I am from a tradition of hiding my feelings

under my pillow with no expectation

of finding change

the next morning.

 

I am from a storybook,

the female protagonist is

so ‘unbelievable’

publishers demanded that
the author to edit me out

 

I am from Bradford, Toronto, Montreal

Canada, Jamaica, Ghana, Belgium, Jersey,

Atlanta, Brooklyn and Planet Earth.

 

I am from a generation who inexplicably

adores Super Nintendo.

 

I am from the bottom of the

barrel, the top of the

mountain, the end of the road,

and the tip of the

iceberg.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2014 11:38 pm

    This is beautiful. And inspiring – I love that each human being can be a poem in and of themselves…

    • January 29, 2014 12:53 pm

      Thanks Rozanne…I’d love to see your I am poem or even your oldest try this writing exercise. It forces one to go beyond the “I am a woman, I am from this neighbourhood, I am from this background” and to delve into our nuances.

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