Wednesday, August 8, 2012

“I am from!” By Maria Zeeman

A couple of months ago I shared a poem with the class and challenged them to write a poem of their own, loosely based on the format of the original. The poem was “Where I’m From,” by George Ella Lyon. You can read it here. The result was just plain wonderful. This is one of the poems. You will be seeing several more of these in the weeks ahead.
I am from oceans fresh & endless & clear
From flowers and boats
I am from a big white house
Cool, roomy, with many people around me
I am from tulips & fresh air
My lime tree
Whose long gone limbs, I remember
As if they were my own.

I’m from closeness and games
From loving parents and many siblings
I’m from good card, monopoly & charade games
And from competitively fun squabbles

I’m from the apple tree, I like sugar & spice
And songs in my own language
I’m from love, sharing care for others

I’m from Indonesia & from Dutch heritage
But love Indonesian Food; spicy & sweet treats

I’m from 3 little girls, playing and acting together
Dressed alike and enjoyed by others

I’m joy in heart & head
Ready to take life’s challenges.


  1. Maria, as I read your poem I could sense your special joy in living life to the fullest, and your appreciation for all your blessings.
    I'm glad to have you in our class,Y.A.

  2. Maria what a beautiful sketch of your life. Very well expressed. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Dear Maria,
    I enjoyed reading your poem. As I read it I felt like I was there experiencing the ocean and tulips and enjoying playing games with you. What a beautiful memory of your childhood.