Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Poetry Challenge from B

I am from clothes on the line,
From Swan’s Down cake flour
Sears and Roebuck.
I am from windows open on summer nights
To catch a breeze
while sleeping with my head
At the foot of the bed.

I am from the grapevine whose fruit
Mama turned into jelly for my toast,

Making playhouses in the woods with cool dirt floors.
I am from cakes baked on Saturdays
(with fights over who got to lick the bowl)
And Sunday dinners of fried chicken
And creamed potatoes,

From Claudia and Buford, Cheeks and Harwells.
I am from the sweet tooth and the night owls.
From anything worth doing is worth doing well
And I can't hear myself think.
I am from Greystone Baptist and Bible School
And covered dish dinners and Rev. Chapman.
I’m from Saxapahaw, Duluth, England,
Scotland and Ireland,
Pinto beans and cornbread.

From the father who ran the Dixie Dew
Who died when we were both too young,
And the mother who lived to give to others.
I am from big ole portraits of us kids on the walls,
A box of pictures sent from deep down in Georgia
To a brother, a son, an uncle in Burma
(these show me the family I don't really know),
A blue sapphire ring *borrowed* from a drawer
Lost forever when it slipped off the six year old finger,
I am from photos of five young beauties
Lined up in one frame,
cherished and admired
Beside Grandpa’s reading chair.

All reminders of days long gone. Reminders of what
I am from.

This might be my first poem-ever. Go over to upsidedownbee, where Belinda gives the backstory and provides a template to create your own. This was a fun exercise. It made me think and appreciate my life and my roots. If you do it please leave a comment so I can read yours.

The photo is my favorite family photo. That's my grandpa with the headache and grandma at the piano with my cousins around her. Aunt Rena is taking advantage of a chance to read a magazine!

Hey B, write me a story from this photo!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday Meme Out of the Closet

It is time for me to come out of the blogging closet and stop this lurking about. I saw this Monday Meme over at Sticking to the Point and thought that it looked like fun. I've enjoyed following a few blogs - some for several years. The adventures of Holli and Faith got me hooked way back when she was a single mom in Texas. I still don't know what my blog is going to be about-don't know if I have the writing skills to make it interesting. So I guess I will just post as I am led and see what happens.

Back to the meme. It's past my bedtime!

Here’s how you play:

  • type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr search.
  • using only the first page, choose an image.
  • copy and paste each of the URL’s into the mosaic maker over at FD’s image maker.

The questions:

  1. What is your first name?
  2. What is your favorite food?
  3. What high school did you attend?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. Who is your celebrity crush?
  6. Favorite drink?
  7. Dream vacation?
  8. Favorite dessert?
  9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  10. What do you love most in life?
  11. One word to describe you.
  12. Your Flickr name.

1. Valentine's Ribbon Candy, 2. a fairy cake, 3. Asheboro High School, 4. Mallorca 2007 -- Waiting for summer (Part 2), 5. Queue the Sun, 6. Ice cold beer - he, 7. James Robert Beveridge, 8. Photo laide et sans but (pour les chacaux laids et sans but), 9. Free Freej, 10. New Neighborhood, 11. Dependable?, 12. What are you looking at?