Yesterday I returned from my overnight camping trip, feeling rejuvenated and utterly at peace. Whilst there was no blazing campfire, as it was hot, windy and a ‘total fire ban’, I returned home to find a virtual fire burning within this sphere.Tanya, aka The Incurable Dreamer, an inspiring writer who always captivates me with her unique humour and heart, shared a quote on Instagram which resonated with me.
From this tag a challenge arose, one that feels serendipitous for me as, lately, a driving force seems to be propelling me forward. My goals are set for the year ahead and I have renewed energy and focus that’s been missing for a long time.
However, sometimes it’s good to step back and see where we’ve come from, so this prompt was particularly timely for me.
So, back to the fire. This virtual heatwave was started by Tanya’s friend Brooke who wrote an inspired poem from a prompt, Where I’m From. Since then she’s fuelled the outpouring of the poet within many of us here by linking it on her blog and challenging her talented friends to write a poem about where they’ve come from.
Since then it’s been passed forward to Tom who challenged Wulf who challenged Susan who challenged Bojana. There are others too, so many inspiring poets amongst us. Do check out these writers, each and every one of them is captivating.
We all have a story and poetry buried within us.
And now, it seems, it’s my turn. I don’t claim to be a poet, my posts are down to earth and based on the ordinary moments and I rarely do written challenges these days but Tanya sparked something in me that I couldn’t pass up. “Miriam, will you please stoke the flames and keep this luminous, magical fire burning?”
How could I possibly refuse? So, Tanya, consider this fire well and truly stoked my lovely friend.
Here is my contribution and a glimpse of where I’m from.
From the fields of Calvene
I am from Calvene
the fields of labor
and the force of nature
which did not break her.
I’m from a ship to a new land
of songs and awakened longings
the hope of new beginnings
yearning to belong.
I am an unexpected accident
the youngest of three
though I was welcome
I was told with certainty.
I am from hard work
barriers of burden
when words were unclear
yet intentions were certain.
I am from love
and hand embroided blouses
bikes, bruises and apple trees
hiding in makeshift cubby houses.
I am from faith
and low lying ambitions
honesty and affection
and a range of inhibitions.
I am from good stock
brodo, cotoletta and homemade wine
a mix of limits and insecurity
a life judged by action and lines.
I am apart of dreaming
of music and pretend microphones
chewed nails and whispered secrets
held close and alone.
I am from a staid pattern
not to step out from the norm
fit in, don’t chase the stars
to bleached hair and torn.
I am from high morals
but a rebel in my heart
from choices and sliding doors
my whole became fractured parts.
I’m a stargazer, an angel
I am a devil in disguise
an actress whose parts of me ache
for miracles that never die.
I am from far away
my soul is wild and free
forever learning who this woman is
this soul who is me.
I am flawed, imperfect yet limitless
dancing to life in every way
though I’ll never forget where I’m from
what matters is truth today.
Thank you Tanya for allowing me to be part of this amazing challenge and for making me think, delve and share my poem. We all have our place in this world and something remarkable to share, wherever we are.
I’d like to pass this challenge onto my dear friend Wendy who’s inspired me so much over the past couple of years and been such a catalyst for change in my own life. Wendy I hope you’ll add your special touch of poetic life wisdom and experience to this challenge.
Wishing you all an inspiring week ahead. Here’s to appreciating where we come from and looking ahead to all that we are and can be.
In light and love
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