David is founder/editor of Ascent Aspirations Magazine and author of Going to the Well (2004), Running Down the Wind (2007) and No Way Easy, 2010.
© 2011 David Fraser
Where Am I From
I am from scrub brushes
washboards in the sink,
a bent back, boiled water,
diesel grit, heft,
dinner served at five, a tired face
behind the paper every night.
I am from walls have ears
teeth-grind silences, knives and forks
talking on cheap china plates.
I am from my mother’s job
keeping Mrs. Pink’s house clean,
my father’s job, his glowing face
stoking fires at Firestone
I am picnics on the grass
beside the highway,
frugal on a Sunday afternoon.
I am from my own sweet place,
tall grass blown against my knees,
a hollow tree, a blue bell that still blooms,
stones kept in pockets
a dance with a partner swaying
to the beat while drinking rye.
I am from the cold white stars
in a black night sky.
I am not a stranger.
I am from a moment when I knew
a sparrow saved could still fly.
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