Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I Am From, by Yolanda Adele
Here is another in our series of “Where I'm from” poems. I cannot get enough of these! It has been such a rewarding assignment, with such varied and enjoyable results. Each gives us a glimpse into the life of one of our writers. If you have not yet written one, please see the instructions and links here. HERE
This one, from Yolanda, is a joy to read and I suspect that it will stir up memories of your own.
I am from an era of great hope for nations after World War II,
I am from the summers of Good Humor Ice Cream trucks chiming; beckoning children to run to it from all sides of the old neighborhood.
I am from the sweet aromas that the Helms Bakery trucks held in its highly polished blond-hardwood pull- out drawers,
I am from drinking milk delivered to the house and licking the cream off the bottle cap,
I am from Toni Home Perms and hula hoops.
I am from petticoats and bobby socks, angora sweaters, pedal pushers, and wearing his ring around my neck,
I am from jukeboxes, sock hops and Sadie Hawkins dances, and Drive in movies.
I am from Rock n Roll,
I am from Elvis music,
I am from Crying in the Chapel, and Love Me Tender.
I am from an age that is said, more Americans bought homes, had a chicken in every pot, and a car in every garage than ever before.
I am from an era ushering in the space age, and Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
I am from an era of optimism for the future.