Thursday, September 26, 2013

I Am From

Playing along with SheLoves Magazine today.

I am from one bath towel-a-week, from tuna casserole and Betsy-Tacy Books
I am from the small suburban brick home with a 1960's size backyard, room enough for 4 cars, a basketball court or a roller-skating rink
I am from cool-Clinique Aromatics scented air
I am from the redbud trees and the rose bushes
The climbing tree outside my parents window whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own

I'm from "DINNER!" and crying laughing
from Alice and Fay
I'm from leaning back on arms folded behind my head and singing harmony
and from prayer meetings
I'm from "others may, you may not" and "be careful for nothing" and "my friend the little sparrow..."
I'm from "It only takes a spark"
I'm from Texas
And the heavenlies
From fish frys and bran muffins and barley green
From rushing to practice the piano to get out of doing the dishes and Volkswagons and musicals and scared sleepless
and my mother in her chair every morning praying in the dark

Where are you from? 


idelette mcvicker said...

I'm imagining that 60's backyard ... and loved reading through all the way to that last sentence.


" ... and my mother in her chair every morning praying in the dark."

What a heritage.

Thank you for sharing and joining in!

Osheta Moore said...

I love this title, "Earth's Crammed With Heaven"...stunning already. The line about your mother praying in the dark really moved me and I'm part of the "others may, but you may not" club. I'm so glad I stopped by from the synchroblog.

Catherine said...

I loved the Betsy, Tacy, and Tib books!

Sheila said...

A wonderfully loving,touching birthday gift Sarah.

Helen said...

This is just lovely. Earth's crammed with heaven indeed, and a little bit of it shines through this beautiful post.

jayjay said...

Love this poetical capturing of the quintessential Sarah. I am only from some of those, but they are the most important. I am also from a place in Lithia Springs, where a brisk walk in a circular way brought Sarah and I to a table in a kitchen and some tastings.