I am from…
I am from the infinite horizon, all the way to the blurry ends of this world and the next.
I am from the solar system, a yellow dwarf star, bright gold always.
I am from the third planet from the center, breathing blues and greens.
I am from the now and the past and the future.
I am from Eve and her daughters, sisters, mothers all.
I am from the West, the First World, the Privileged, the Outspoken.
I am from Erin Go Bragh and God Save the Queen and Hail to the Chief.
I am from the land of biscuits and greens and grits, y’all’s and supper bells.
I am from the hands planting rosemary, thyme, and lavender.
I am from the garlic and oil–a marriage in the skillet.
I am from the church suppers and chicken dinners and potlucks for every occasion.
I am from the orange church pew, mildewing effigy to the evangelical 70’s, KJV thumped and thumper.
I am from the small voiced child reciting John 3:16 to a dark chapel.
I am from the Sunday School parties, Scripture memory awards, the Bible drills.
I am from children’s choir, blasting my off-key praises.
I am from the poor family in a rich church, the pitied, the unpopular.
I am from the hand-me-downs, the thrifted clothes, the badges of status and worth.
I am from the question askers, the doubters, the antagonist of all the just believers.
I am from the girl silenced, oppressed, heavy-hearted, shamed by God’s well-intentioned people.
I am from the feminist rising up who dared said: ENOUGH!
I am from a new song, a new day, a new era when women speak and are heard.
I am from my sisters, my mothers, my fellow truth seekers, my Jesus women.
I am from my body, neither object or commodity.
I am from my strength, my voice, my ability to shout.
I am from South, the United States, North America.
I am from the water world, land and air meeting and living.
I am from these planets and sun and moons.
I am from the cosmos, without end stretching beyond all that
I am from….