Friday, April 13, 2012

Where I'm From- Inspired by George Ella Lyon

Where I’m From

I am from Aquafresh
from decoupage and sesame oil.
I am from peeling white paint,
the sunshine warming dusty corners.

From the hydrangea bush,
the magnolia tree,
whose long gone limbs
as if they were my own.

I’m from hard work and overachiever,
from Yunli and Yihe.
I’m from cynical and from sleep deprived,
Sit up straight and use more effort,
and 两只老虎.

I’m from Saturday breakfasts, Los Angeles.
from The People's Republic and winter melon soup,
from the dog with eight spots
who disappeared one day.

Those memories of laughs and tears
hang so precariously in the air.
Float from room to room,
settle in my heart.

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