AIM 2012-2013
Based on "Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon

Where I'm From
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I am from late nights and early finals
letter grades and five point scales
from expectations high and to succeed
from bell to bell and class to class

From, “where are you from?”
“do you speak?” and “why not?”
from parents and the desire to separate
a heritage inherited and the culture I now create

From fields of rye and red hunting hats
the fear of growing up, moving on, falling out, of touch,
the thought of past, present and future
meeting in a room and saying
“who are you? who am i?”

From angst and apathy
hypocrisy and pretension
from noise, clutter, distraction
sullen thoughts, sealed lips and the wish that this would
all. go. away.

so i run.

among greens
browns
lights
darks
leaves
roots
step by step
one by one
and
breathe

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