I just found out there is a contest for this type of poem. The funny thing is I wrote this about a month ago.
Where I'm From
I am from Marjorie and Sam, Harold and Berniece, Gladys and Sam.
I am from the sprawling metropolis of Des Moines, and the deserts of Arizona. The farmlands of Missouri, the icy coldness and beauty of Alaska and the historical surroundings of Virginia. My heart belongs to the Rocky Mountains with the majestic mountains, rolling meadows and cities with that small town feeling.
I am from oatmeal or Wheaties at breakfast and the era of Maid Rites and pork tenderloin sandwiches. I am from fried chicken every Sunday and the lovers of chicken gizzards and oyster stew.
I am from Scrabble and Anagram players - lovers of words - who taught me to love words too.
I am from hard workers - satisifed with life - never having to much but always just enough.
I am from a Democrat who taught me to be Independent.
I am from music - especially the hymns and Southern Gospel tunes of years gone by.
I come from the puritanical , serious and intellectual on my fathers side and the down-to-earth, practical, fun-loving and emotional on my mothers side. My parents had a lot of nerve thinking they could get along for a lifetime.
Somehow my parents intertwined these traits into my innermost being to make me who I am today.
I am serious enough to laugh, practical enough to embellish, emotional yet intellectual, down-to-earth with good common sense but puritanical enough to beleive that there are absolute truths.