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. Christine Avatar

    I love this poetry form. Your words give me a glimpse into who you are!

  2. elsie Avatar

    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. 🙂

  3. Suzanne Avatar

    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!

  4. mrsday75 Avatar

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

  5. Akilah Avatar

    I didn’t know you’re from the South!

  6. mgminer Avatar

    Well crafted! Specific word choice really makes it.

  7. margaretsmn Avatar

    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.

  8. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    Love this poem! I especially love the line about Southern and Steel

  9. franmccrackin Avatar

    Lots of great word-smithing here!
    My favorites-
    kudzu, saddle shoes, briar patches,
    your grandmother’s Smith Corona and Harlequin romances ,
    I swan!

  10. arjeha Avatar

    It is so important to know what we are made of because that is who we are. Love this format.

  11. kirafladager Avatar

    I love the style and simplicity of this poem. It has such a beautiful flow.

  12. Juliana Ellington Avatar

    Thank you for writing this.

  13. Michelle @litlearningzone Avatar
    Michelle @litlearningzone

    Like the threads of your life woven into a beautiful poem.

  14. carwilc Avatar

    Every one of your slices is so creative and so different. This one is lovely.

  15. Sonja Schulz Avatar
    Sonja Schulz

    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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