I am from determination
from strength and faith
I am from a progressive successful family.
I am from the Gladiolus flower of strength
The Gladiolus plant whose long gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.
I’m from strong heartbeats and hugs
from my mama and uncle
I’m from constant prayers and gatherings
and from hard workers
I’m from integrity and generous smiles
and letting God walk with me
I’m from tight hugs and laughter
I’m from Birmingham, AL and unconditional love,
and gravy biscuits and sweet tea