I am from farmers and teachers
From too much to drink and the pain that comes from it
I am from many snowmobilies
As we fly down trail after trail,
My father and I.
I am from strength together.
And fathers who sang their daughters to sleep,
Cultivating a love of music at a young age.
I am from a grandmother's table,
Gathered together with my family,
Eating dinner with the dogs running around,
Passing plates as grandpa talks,
Waiting for the inevitable fight.
I am the band geek,
That leaves for FFA trips
(but always comes home)
I am the writer for women
Who speaks her mind in her poetry,
But who never writes a name.
I am passionate, loyal, and kind,
The giver of love and patience.
(Come to me, darling, and do not fear again.)
I am from generations of stories untold,
Buit of gentleness and much humor
(Tell me a story...)
I am music, a spaghetti dinner, the kind casheir, a gift,
Patient, but not so much that I won't lose my temper.
I am a lover fighter, fear, joy, sadness together.
I am all of this from those moments--
Those men who stood strong,
Those women who stood stronger.