Friday, 4 December 2015

where I'm from

#midlife blog crestingthehill.com.au

A few months ago I read the poem by George Ella Lyon titled "Where I'm From" and then found that it had been used as inspiration for a writing exercise. There was a template presented here that gave a starting point and I couldn't resist the challenge to try my hand at it too.

So, after a bit of trial and error, this is my version of 


"Where I'm From"

#midlife blog crestingthehill.com.au

Family is a strange phenomenon - I was amazed at the little memories that popped up and also the struggle with trying to find the words to say it succinctly. I'd love to read other people's versions of this poem so if you end up trying your hand at an ode to your childhood, please tag me in so I can see how you tackled it.

30 comments:

  1. Wow 1) I love how you interpreted the prompt 2) I love the poem - it captures growing up in Australia beautifully and 3) I do want to try this so will bookmark it to give it a go!

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    1. I hope you have a go at it Janine - I loved the ones that I read (there were some really evocative lines) and I'd love to see what you come up with!

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  2. Wow, I love what you did with it. And, it really gave me a good idea of what you are about and your native country, too!
    Carol
    http://carolcassara.com/holiday-spirit/

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    1. thanks Carol - it was fun to do and made me realize how different Australia is to the US when I read some of the American poems.

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  3. How very beautiful. Thanks for this.

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  4. I've always wanted to go to Australia and now I want to even more. You painted a picture and captured your memories wonderfully. This gives me inspiration to try my hand at my own poem. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. If you have a turn Laurie you'll have to send a link to me so I can get a glimpse of your life too!

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  5. That's so evocative and atmospheric. May have a go - eek!

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    1. Having the template was a big help Gilly but also a big challenge to try to fill in all the blanks! If you have a go remember to send me a link :)

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  6. Oh it brought so many memories back Leanne as we have similar backgrounds. A great representation of Aussies and Australia. I might have a try at the challenge I sometimes need a nudge with my creative side though.

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    1. I think you'd do a great job of writing something like this Sue - I'd love to read your take on an Aussie version too!

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  7. I think you did a great job wth this---very descriptive of your background. I love it!

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    1. Thanks Marcia - it was fun and a bit of a challenge & probably the first and last creative thing I do for a while!

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  8. I love it. Never thought or ( seen this) putting your story down as a poem. Great story.

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    1. Thanks Sandy - I'd never seen it before until I stumbled across the template and couldn't resist trying my hand at it.

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  9. That was so good Leanne you have talent girl. If Gilly says it is good then it must be, I love her writing. Thanks so much for coming to the Blogger's Pit Stop, I look forward to seeing you next week.
    Kathleen #Pit Stop Crew

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    1. What a lovely compliment Kathleen - I love Gilly's stuff too and it's been great being part of the new pit stop link. I'm looking forward to all the future ones!

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  10. I love where you're from and would like to visit someday. It sounds idyllic. But what on earth are double gees??

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    1. Isn't it funny how we have flora and fauna that we assume everyone knows about? It's a really horrible prickle that has two spikes on it that dig through everything! Put it into google images and you'll get an idea :)

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  11. How wonderful, Leanne! I love the way your words flowed.
    I might try out the prompt too.

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    1. I'd love to read yours if you do one Corinne - I imagine yours would have lots of colours and flavours included in it.

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  12. talk about bringing back memories! Well done, it's fab! Thanks for sharing with #Fridayreflections Brilliant poem xx

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    1. I'm glad you liked it Mackenzie - I tried to give it some Aussie flavour :)

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  13. This is fantastic! I love the poem, and you've inspired me to use the template to write my own. Thank you for sharing! #mg

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    1. Make sure you tag me when you do because I'd love to see what you come up with :)

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  14. This is absolutely wonderful, and the idea of trying my hand at this prompt intrigues me. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. thanks Laurel - with your creative ability I'm sure you could write a stunner! Make sure you tag me so I can read your take on it :)

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  15. What a cool prompt. I have to admit it kind of stumped me when I read the template first until I read all that you had written. It's so weird that you live on the opposite side of the world and yet we have so much in common. I had to laugh though when I went to look at the template it originated about 50 miles from my own home! I too grew up in a brick house on a quarter acre back yard with clothes on the clothesline. I also remember standing out in the drive waiting for the church van to pick me up while my parents stayed cozy and warm in our house. The biggest one though was the 'children are to seen and not heard and left outside to run wild'. We must have some how had the exact same parents! How can that be?

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    1. I am always amazed when I find connections like that Rena - I love that we came from the same "roots" - that's probably why we get each other so well :) I hope you get inspired to write something too because I think I'd get a kick out of comparing our memories further!

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