Exercise Prompt: In response to George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From,” construct your own poem in the same format.
I am from the land of the Quetzal,
from where you can feel volcanic sand flying through the air
vegetation around you.
Spanish is flowing from north to south
east to west
sometimes the neighbor knows more about your life than yourself
even your most deepest secrets.
I’m from where the money is equal to the first law of Einstein,
“everything is relative”
happiness based on who surrounds you
familia, amigos, mascotas
even the corner of the street
where blood is left behind
blood of joy
not just you but numerous kids
I’m from a jocote has more protein than a protein bar,
everything is fresher than me
even when getting a fresh haircut on a Sunday
In my place success is synonym of fear
dreams become just in ideas
rights? is only a definition
power the enemy of the community
so much darkness in a brightness