First there was a Man. Then a Woman. Then in quick succession, two cats, a confused dog beast, and two kids. I stay at home with them. I'm the Man

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Where I'm From

I am from a 3ft tall Godzilla with a fist that shoots and a tongue painted in fire.  I am from losing that fist early on. I am from A Chorus Line and West Side Story. I am from jazz clubs and dinner theaters. I am from Dungeons and Dragons, Buddy Rich Drumsticks, the flicker of a television screen, and the back of another friend's truck.

I am from a Beverly Hills flop house where old ladies who may once have been actresses reinvent themselves as grand dames with grand gestures and grand accents I just now realize were fake. I am from a store around the corner that sold three scoops of Mint Chocolate chip for 75 cents. I am from rocky New England beaches below old wooden bridges where the game of chance was to dare to stick your finger into the snapping, clattering, cream colored undulations of the shell of an angry scallop.

I am from Ireland and Wales. I am from Mic Mac Indians, and French Canadians, and all manner of Taciturn stony faced New England Stock.

I am from Moses and Elie Wiesel. I am from 6000 years of culture, pride, struggle, and humor. I am from the funniest People on the planet.

I am from opportunities lost and found luck. I am from smoking too soon and drinking too late. I am from 30 towns and 3 states.  I am from bad decisions and murky intentions. I am from fingers on strings and lines in a mirror. 

I am from just arriving and always wanting to go home.  I am from the new guy, the first time, and learning my away around. I am from never quite figuring it out.

I am from too loud, no self-control, and inappropriate laughter.  I am from trouble. I am from fun. I am from making you squirt the liquid of your choice out of your nose.

I am from A Wrinkle in Time. I am from Miles Davis, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Dizzy Gillespie. I am from Bugs Bunny and Eddie Murphy. Judy Blume and JRR Tolkien. I am from Fighting For Your Right to Party.

I am from rhythm's tattoo. I am from crashing cymbals, the sizzling pop of the snare, and the thump of hands on a conga.

I am from a twisting turning maelstrom of memories half glimpsed and partially guessed at. I am from my heart in the city and my soul in the country. I am from new friends and old patterns.

I am from change is good. I am from pillars of happiness built upon the bottomless green eyes of a woman who has yet to realize her mistake. I am from tiny hands and belly laughs and the meaning of life. I am from normal sucks.

This is a meme I first discovered over at SeattleDad's place and then again at Two Busy's. Each of them puts my attempt to shame, but it was still fun. There is a  template for it. Much like my assignments in school, I mostly ignored it. 

11 comments:

  1. My favorite line is: "I am from pillars of happiness built upon the bottomless green eyes of a woman who has yet to realize her mistake." That is so cool!

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  2. This is awesome! Thanks for the template. I think I'll give this a go sometime, maybe have my students try it this year with our poetry unit.

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  3. Good job- it makes you sound very interesting!

    (not that you aren't usually interesting, and not that you just sound interesting....sigh, it's a compliment, ok?)

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  4. Ah, West Side Story. Greatest musical ever.

    Don't judge me, people.

    That's right, Officer Krupke . . . Krup YOU!

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  5. Man, did I enjoy this. Not sure if my favorite line is "I am from fingers on strings and lines in a mirror" or "I am from pillars of happiness built upon the bottomless green eyes of a woman who has yet to realize her mistake" (and damn, do I know that feeling) — but honestly, both are wonderful.

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  6. TwoBusy said exactly what I was going to say. Only better.

    You rocked it, cutie patootie. Finest kind, ayuh.

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  7. This was Excellent!

    "I am from pillars of happiness built upon the bottomless green eyes of a woman who has yet to realize her mistake."

    I am from really liking lines like that one.

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  8. Every one of these I read makes me think there's NO WAY I could bust this off in such a fantastic Mad Libs way. Cripes, I have to look up what an adjective most of the time, so there's no way I could string some awesome together like this. I'm so from liking this.

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  9. Ahhhh, this:
    'I am from pillars of happiness built upon the bottomless green eyes of a woman who has yet to realize her mistake.'

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