Where I’m From

by Kaley Vides

about the author:

Kaley Vides is in her 20s and has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. She wrote this beautiful piece of poetry when she was a teenager. Published in the Syndic Literary Journal.

Where I’m From

I’m from ocean waves and medical tests.

From the high grasslands
of the country of eternal springs.
I am from a gorgeous colorful garden
surrounding a dead lemon tree
filled with confusion and desperation.
From Roses, Daisies, and Birds of Paradise.

I am from Virgin Marys and long dull Masses.
From Nativity scenes and festive Christmases
made up of family, friends, and laughter
surrounded by the familiar booming sound
of exploding fireworks.

I’m from weakness that is my disease
and also strength that is my spirit.

I’m from the yin and the yang that is my family.
From the coldhearted and the neglecters.
From the kind and the caring.
I’m from pain and suffering
from a broken up family.

I’m from courage and optimism
derived from a land that is free
and a land where opportunity is unending.

I’m from love and affection given to me
by four mesmerizing guardian angels.

This is where I’m from.

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