I Am From
I am from thick pile carpets
and grapevine swings,
spaceheaters and old Buicks,
backseat no seatbelt.
I am from just around the way,
down the street next to the old United Dairy Farmers.
I am from "be careful", and "you can do anything you set your mind to".
I am from Mary's porch swing stories, sipping tea
and daydreaming about her shoe factory job
and the time she dyed a billy goat purple with berries.
I am from feminine strength, from hard work, from pick yourself up,
from the last button on Gabriel's coat, and hope.