What I’m Made Of: Slice of Life #sol18 6/31

Today’s Slice is inspired by the wonderful poem Margaret Simon wrote alongside her students after reading and discussing Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s poem, “What I’m Made Of.”

What I’m Made Of (After Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Margaret Simon)

Of kudzu and honeysuckle,

Of dogwoods and dirt roads

And dreaming of the ocean.

Of biscuits and gravy and overcooked pot roast for Sunday dinner

Of grits and fried okra, catfish and hush puppies.

Of thunder storms and tornado warnings,

Of barbed wire fence, briar patches,

And getting lost in the woods.

Of saddle shoes and kitchen gossip,

Of afghans and braided rugs, quilts and cross-stitch,

Of church hymns, country music, 50s doo-wop, and Elvis.

I’m made of my grandmother’s Smith-Corona

And her shelves of Harlequin romances, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, James Michener doorstops, Bible commentaries.

I’m made of East Lake Road and Shingleroof Campground.

I’m made of yes ma’am and no sir, bless your heart and I swan

I am Southern and steel,

Blue sky, green pasture, red clay.



15 responses to “What I’m Made Of: Slice of Life #sol18 6/31”

  1. A plethora of delightful ingredients to make you, you. Reader’s Digest Condensed books were in my home growing up too. I didn’t know what condensed meant at the time I was reading them. 🙂

  2. I feel like I know you so well after reading your poem! This is a wonderful format but I would imagine a challenging story about ‘you’ to write. You did it beautifully! I especially love this imagery; “And her shelves of Harlequin romances, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, James Michener doorstops, Bible commentaries.” I can see those shelves, I know them!

  3. I love this form. I’m going to have to go check out the original and then try my hand at writing one.

  4. So many things we have in common. I watch kudzu take over the forests along the highways when I drive to Mississippi. Oh, yes, and crouching in the school hallways turning tornado warnings. Thanks so much for honoring me with your own version. Beautiful! I will email you a copy of the poem. It was published by Scholastic so I don’t have permission to put it on my blog.

  5. Oh! LOVE this gorgeous poem. This one will definitely be a keeper for me—-it speaks to me about what I’m made of, as well. It is so lovely and I thank you for sharing it!

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