I AM (after Where I’m From by George Ella Lyon)
I am from places and faces I have never known.
I am the hopes and fears of a farmer’s daughter.
The passion and possibility of a solider boy.
I am their offering to the future.
I am from North Carolina red clay.
It is in my bones.
I am from hard work, strong faith and
Trust in the unseen
I am from slaves and slave masters.
I am from ancestors I have never known.