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Where I Am From

A poem

Where I Am From

2024, Henery X ©

Where I am from is the womb of a woman whose wisdom ensured I knew everything I needed to know before I entered anyone’s classroom

So, unlike the other children, I never had to guess or assume

Where I am from is the Motor City, for those not in the know that’s Detroit… "What up doe?" Home of the greatest record label ever. Stevie, Marvin, Smokey, The Temptations… need I say more?

If so, Motown Records, just so we can bring that ship onto the shore

Where I am from is the darkness and the light 

Where day is better than night, but the night still offers some helluva sights

Where I am from is the position of unwise decisions 

That would be partially responsible for me eventually choosing spirituality over religion

Where I am from is war and peace

Starving for a feast

But would be grateful for a piece of bread, to say the least

Where I am from is the land of plenty, but lack everything

Where I’m allowed to sleep all day, but not expected to live a dream

I’m the bird that longs to fly, but discouragement weighs down my wings

Where I am from is the home of will, desire, and determination

Book smart with a street education

Now, this is what deans and scholars consider the perfect combination

Where I am from is heaven and hell

What do you mean you can’t tell?

I’m fighting injustice from the deck of a cruise ship that's about to sets sail

Where I am from is where you are, as well as where you desire to be

We’re both a branch and our situation is the tree

Our thoughts are imprisoned in our minds, but changing our thinking is the key

That will eventually set them all free

Where I am from is life and death

Where I'll be creating memorable moments until I breathe my last breath

Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge my offering.

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