Writing Project: Where I’m From

Recently I was reminded of a fun, little writing project that was going around with some fellow bloggers several years ago about writing your own poem called, “Where I’m From” and I wanted to share the project with everyone else because it was such a fun project. Before you are immediately uninterested because you either hate poetry or can’t write it, give this a chance. With the writing prompts, I’m feeling pretty confident that if you are at least able to remember a handful of things about your childhood most everyone will be able to complete a nice poem. It’s a great way to bring out your creative side and after this you will be closer than ever to understanding the roots of your family tree.

1. Here is the original poem written by George Ella Lyon:

OriginalPoem copy

2. To make your own, here is the template:

I am from ___________________ (specific ordinary item), from __________________ (product name) and ___________________.

I am from the ____________________ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail). I am from the ___________________ (plant, flower, natural item), the __________________ (plant, flower, natural).

I am from __________________ (family tradition) and _____________________ (family trait) from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).

I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).

From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I’m from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family). From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).

I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).

3. When you finish your poem it will be a wonderful thing to share with family as a gift. Here is my finished poem as an example:


This is a fun thing to do and please share your new poem! I would love to read it.

Happy writing!

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