I Am From

A secondhand poetry prompt from my mother.

An analog photo scan of a river in autumn, bordered by trees and power lines.
Photo: Matt Civico 📷 Canon AE-1, Fuji Superia 200

Write a poem where every line begins with "I am from," but remember: you can be from more than places.1

I am from the place by the river
I am from Old World immigrants
I am from the pages of many books
I am from the faith carried over miles and millennia
I am from timelessness into time
I am from the prayers of saints unknown
I am from stories told and retold
I am from the am who was and ever yet is,

World without end, amen.

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1 Taken from "Raising Critical Thinkers" (2022), Julie Bogart.

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