Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your “Where I’m From” Poem

Yes, I realize it’s not Saturday and yes, I realize I am two days late, but as my mom used to say: Better late than never.

I always look forward to Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings.

This week’s challenge was more challenging than most of the topics and I considered whether I was going to even attempt it, as I knew I wouldn’t be happy with my final product without multiple revisions.

Here is last Saturday’s topic:

1)  Write your own “Where I’m From” poem – you can see a sample format at   http://www.swva.net/fred1st/wif.htm.  But make it unique – yours!

Even with a template, I didn’t find this easy, so I took the short way out with two line verses. I consider this to be a rough draft that I likely won’t ever finish!

Where Linda Is From

I am from Passaic, an inner city melting pot of which I am part
Dutch, English, German, Irish, Italian, Greek and Slovak

Factories, ethnic foods, buses, downtown shopping
Stickball, stilts, dodgeball and bicycles

I am from Pilgrims and Puritans, Congregationalists and Quakers
Lutherans, Presybterians, Roman Catholics and Greek Catholics

I am from hardy immigrants – fishermen, mariners and carpenters
Businessmen and women, ministers, peasant farmers and storekeepers

I am from Ujak and Hajtovka, Copenhagen, and Öved
Ippollitts, Bures St. Mary, Parrtown and Sussex Vale

I am from families, big and small
I am but a small leaf on my family tree.

Thank you, Randy, for a different kind of topic, but I hope next week’s challenge is easier!

2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your “Where I’m From” Poem”

  1. Made you think, eh? Good job! I hope you add to it and think of more. This is such a tender topic, and every one so far is tremendously heartfelt – we dig into our souls to write them. We are each a product of very different people, often from different parts of the world. As we find out more about the lives of our ancestors, our minds open to accept how we were influenced and developed over generations.

  2. Hi, Linda, I like your take on the poetry writing and your ending made me laugh! And Randy is right, I’m sure – we are all different, our families are different. This is a fun way to explore that.

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