Roger’s Park Dunes Restoration and Piping Plover, endangered species, © 2018, Michelle Kogan, painted in 2012, watercolor and watercolor pencil.
Happy Poetry Friday and Fall! As much as I love the changing seasons and colors of fall, I still have my feet stuck and holding onto lingering moments of our summer until she slips aside.
I’m sharing I Am From poems, one I’ve been working on and just sent to the I Am From Project website, and another by Dr. Judy Branscom Jenks DNP, FNP-BC that I found on the site. I think the I Am From Project offers us a rich lexicon of all different voices and views, that resonate today. The project is a joint exploration of individual voices and where they are from, created by Julie Landsman and George Ella Lyon. In George Ella Lyon’s words, it’s “in response to the rhetoric of xenophobia and isolationism that is becoming rampant in our country. In such an atmosphere, how can we find our voices and make them heard? One avenue is through poetry, that heart-cry that comes to us in times of love and crisis.”
Painting above, Monarch, Milkweed and Bees, WIP, © 2018 Michelle Kogan, Oil.
I Am From
Dr. Judy Branscom Jenks DNP, FNP-BC
One wise man in a white hat,
I am from Discipline.
A secret agent man
wearing briefcases like bracelets.
A calculator, born in woods so tilted
they shed their rock like sweat.
I am from a thinking woman.
A hellfire and brimstone daughter,
her words muted by callused hands.
I’m from that spirited visionary
on paternalistic sod
hollering, I can!
I’m from scratched vinyl records, bell bottoms,
chalk erasures and bomb drills.
copperheads, and raw knees.
Bobwhite, bobwhite, bobwhite,
cattle racks, pressure canners, wood heat.
June Bugs on strings
and wars fought on monochrome TVs.
Read the rest of the poem at the I Am From Project website, scroll down a bit on the page to find Dr. Judy Branscom Jenks’ DNP, FNP-BC poem.
Visit Erin Mauger’s blog The Water’s Edge for this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup! Thanks for hosting Erin!