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Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest: ‘I Am From,” Robin Williams

Robin Williams of South Deerfield was one of the top-two placing poets in the 12-14 year-old category with her poem, "I Am From." Recorder/Trish Crapo

Robin Williams of South Deerfield was one of the top-two placing poets in the 12-14 year-old category with her poem, "I Am From." Recorder/Trish Crapo

“I Am From”

I am from the rickety old swing set

that I thought would never be fixed,

and old lollipop wrappers

that I just haven’t thrown away yet.

I am from the old oil drum

and leaves that fall off of trees,

from monkey mix and frosting

even marshmallows bigger than me.

I am from a full moon

with branches of the seven year old maple tree,

and shorter walks to school

but longer on the way home with my sister.

I am from Tempest

and the sounds of a cluck, quack, even moo,

with the smell of wet grass and freshly cut hay.

I am from a book where my drawings are kept,

and a drawer where my life is kept still

where creaky floors and Grandpa Morgan’s old rocker sits.

I am from the 24th of December all the way to Easter

and the wide range of fields and woods.

I am from glasswork

and gargoyles in the garden of thyme,

a big red barn

and wide willow tree that seems like a thousand years old.

I am from milk bottle

and neighbors that seem like robots to me.

I am from people knocking me down,

but out of that came my greatest lessons.

and where pictures have the strongest word

Robin Williams

South Deerfield

Top 2

Young Poet, 12 to 14 years old

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