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
“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
Young Poet, 12 to 14 years old