I Am From

I AM FROM: Adapted by Levi Romero; Inspired by “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon

My friend Esther Emery invited me (and you!!!) to write a poem based on this template from a synchroblog called She Loves Magazine!

Oh come on, let's have some fun! You know you need it 🙂


I am from Michigan and Chicago, Wyoming and Montana.

in the land of colorful star quilts and waving sunflowers.

I am from the colorful Cheyenne people who are having a parade.

I am from the red fire engines blasting horns in this quiet metropolis of 400 people.

I'm from the solitary path in the wilderness.

whose lungs must be filled with air from the high places, the lonely places of pine and soon-coming snow.

I am from the land of broken, ruined for the ordinary.

I am wild and free.

I'm from pioneers and pilgrims who must ever seek new territory

in our  minds, hearts, and souls.

My dad  was a pilgrim too,

thumbing a lonely path through the pages of philosophy.

Ballet and airplanes, music and art

I'm from the wind that dances,

who blows me on the fresh breezes of new thoughts and ideas.

I welcome open spaces, inside and out.

I'm from children who speak and act like elders.

I am from seekers of wisdom, born to be wild and free.

Choosing love today,


Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate her way out of hell to a rich and satisfying life. In her lifetime, Susan has served in duties ranging from home school mom – to pastor –  to full-time deliverance minister – and to Midwest regional prayer coordinator for a large international ministry. These days you can usually find Susan soaking in her favorite hot springs pool, reading a book (or several), blogging, baking bread, or hanging out with her family and friends. You can get a free copy of Susan's upcoming book, "On the Way Home" by registering here.

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Princess Shimari October 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

What a poetic and beautiful way to express who you are on the inside. You encompass your past, your hope for the future, and your embracing diversity and change. 

It was beautiful. Thank You.


Susan Schiller October 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Thanks so much, Yvonne… it was a fun exercise that my blogging friends and I participated in … please feel free to share your own “I Am From” poem if you want to have a little fun. I’d love to read it 🙂


Terri Jones September 27, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Wow, I love your poem – without any thought, i'm going to jump in:

I am from New Orleans, LA.  We have fun eating food, love partying and making everyone feel good.  People come from near and far to see the Zulu tribe indians in their beautiful costumes, being african american and indian give me great pride so I move forward with great drive.  I am a product of a dysfunctional family but its ok because it has made me who I am today.  I love the Lord because he heard my cry, he will also love you if you give him a try.  Be blessed


Susan Schiller September 28, 2013 at 7:57 am

Quite fantastic, Terri! Life sounds amazing around your family…. thanks for sharing!!


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