In the poem, “Where I’m From,” George Ella Lyon tells the story of her youth in Kentucky.

Where I’m From
I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening,
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I’m from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.
I’m from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down!
I’m from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments–
snapped before I budded —
leaf-fall from the family tree.

That poem inspired a visual story using Microsoft Sway by Dylan Hite
Assignment 9: Where I’m From | Posts 19-a8

Use the poem as inspiration for your digital story of “Where I’m From” including multimedia like text, images, video or audio. Use Microsoft Sway to tell your story. Use Sway embed code with HTML Snippets to post.

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Image source Josh Calabrese / Adobe Sway

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