To share a clear voice it helps to know where we are from. Dr Mary Pipher shared this idea in the book Writing to Change the World. She used writing an I Am From poem to help refugees that were struggling to find themselves in a new country, to explore their identity by including references to food, places and religion.
I love the idea because as we venture into new territories it’s good to provide ourselves with reference points of who we are. To give respect to the events that shaped our core beliefs. We all have strengths and weaknesses, innate temperaments and belief systems… the deeper we know ourselves the deeper and more connected we are to our goals, desires and outcomes.
Here is a poem I was inspired to write the other day. I encourage you to write your own and share it with us if you’d like.
I Am From
I am from Ronnie and Veronica, Stowell and Edie, Roy and Catherine and Beyond
From the East Coast of Canada, the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, Germany and Music City USA
I am from “about three beer down the road” and playing outside until after dark
From 80’s hair bands and everything that came before them
I am from fresh lobster and scallops and learning to love grits and cornbread
From Hank Snow, Anne Murray, Alistar MacLeod and W.R. MacAskill
Of playing in the grass at Port Royal, Louisbourg and The Halifax Citadel
I am from strong women, warm kitchens and cold mornings
From farmers, fisherman truck drivers and miners
Of store clerks, mail carriers, book keepers and Credit Union managers
I am from standing for something but not talking about politics or religion
I am from plentiful stories and fewer and fewer Cod
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