I Am From
By: Alicia Bryant
I am from backyard laughter
From catching fireflies at dusk
And dancing to 60’s music at midnight
I am from chasing siblings that hide
And giggling while hiding from seeking siblings.
I am from collard greens that smell of trash
And from potato salad and coleslaw that taste of mayo
I am from avoiding a hot oven
From peeking under pots
And chidings of touching unfinished food.
I am from the coast
From blistering heat and high humidity
I am from sandy beaches
And from harrowing hurricanes
Of thunderstorms that scared the oldest of us.
I am from staying in or out of the house
But not being in and out
I am from touchless and sightless trips to the store
And from being brought into this world
Yet always reminded I could be taken out of it too.
I am from Elizabeth and Darryl
From a mother who has never left my side
And a father who forgot every birthday after the fifth
I am from Will and Mary
Whose greatness didn’t come from their titles but their souls.