Where I'm From Poetry Project

Welcome to UUCA's Where I'm From Poetry Project -- A beautiful way to share -- appreciate -- understand -- and cherish who we are. Our project is modeled after the original Where I'm From poem by Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon. We hope the poems here will inspire you to write your own. No writing experience needed. Just take a few moments and think of the memories of the people -- the places -- the things that are a part of you. A template to help you is provided here (Word Doc or PDF).

A special message to UUCA from George Ell Lyon:

It gives me real joy to know that "Where I'm from" is useful to folks, that it can help them get in touch with themselves, with each other, and with the power of poetry and place in our lives.

Never in a million years would I have dreamed when I wrote that poem in 1993, in a black-and-white speckled composition book, that it would have such a life! As you may have read on my website, my poem jumped off from a poem Jo Carson wrote, and Jo's poem came from something she heard somebody say, so it's always had that pass-it-on quality. I feel blessed that I got to be part of the process. Personal as the poem is, it has long since ceased to feel mine.

Please let your parishioners know how happy I am that they're using this tool to come to know themselves and each other. Surely that is the direction of hope.
-- George Ell Lyon, Oct. 2016

If you have questions about UUCA's Where I'm From Poetry Project or would like to submit a poem, please contact Betsy Rosso at betsyrosso@gmail.com


UUCAer's Where I'm From Poems

By Rev. Aaron McEmrys

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By John Bohman

I am from heavy rain, running with clouds, pushing past the wind, waiting for the next big storm over the horizon. Read more.


By Gay Gibson Cima

I am from darned socks, From International Harvester and Chef Boyardee, Read more.


By Bill Fogarty

I am from pencils sharpened at the hall closet door, From Rawlings baseball gloves and Entenmann cookies

Read more.


By David McTaggart

I am from hay seed and baling twine, from Corn Flakes and Ovaltine.

Read more.


By D Ohlandt

I am from playing cards, from euchre and pinochle and of course from solitaire 

Read more.


By Diane Ullius

I am from all the kitchen tables,
from Bruce Floor Cleaner and Spic ‘n’ Span.

Read more.

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