I am from the sun glistening and the neighbors grilling,
From the stray cats and the raccoons too.
I am from my mother’s cooking and my father’s tunes,
From my grandma’s cookies and the cool cartoons.
I am from the shoes on the wires and the trash on the ground,
From the water company banging all around.
I am from the old lot with all the cars,
From the football throwing and the car alarms.
I am from the laughter of the children and the parties on the block,
From the reggae down the street and the man with the locs.
If you come on my block you surely will see
where I am from and why I am me!
Students in Ms. Melville’s 9th grade English classes wrote about formative places and experiences.