Where I’m From – Sylvie Sacks

I am from the rotting deck outside
From Jansport snack boxes and ramen noodle soup
I am from the the hammocks in the backyard
Turquoise, pink, so many pine needles
I am from pine trees
So big they make me feel small
I’m from birthdays at Mimi’s and staying active
From Nancy and Peter
I’m from talking over each other and kissing people you may have just meet
From don’t watch TV and clean your room
I’m from Temple Israel and lighting menorah
I’m from Boston, Russia and Cape Town
Oranges, latkes
I’m from when Phoebe wandered off in a market in Playa Del Carmen (Mexico) After that Mom wrote our address in sharpie on her back
Im am from the memories collected in Wellfleet
The photo albums show us the memories

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