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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.


who writes ‘I am’ poems?



I am from a family of


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



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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