I Come From


I come from many houses
I come from an Air Force family
I come from get your work done, then you play
I come from be smart, get good grades, read read read
I come from lying in the grass watching clouds with a book on my belly
I come from skateboards and bikes and building things with scrap wood
I come from girls can do anything boys can but boys don’t want to vacuum
I come from a house filled with Barbra Streisand and Getz-Gilberto
I come from parents drink and laugh and kids eat burgers on Friday
I come from catching fireflies and hide-and-seek
I come from strong women who stick together
I come from love hard and break easy

~ Robin J Phillips, March 27, 2020
This poem comes from a teaching prompt from Kate Clanchy

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