WHERE I’M FROM




      Christa Umphrey
I am from
  bedtime
  stories
and nightly
   family
  dinners
from wood-paneled walls
  and green shag carpet
from Farina




and Reservation politics
from cheap bear around
 Friday night campfires
and after-church,
 roast beef dinners



on Sunday afternoons
I am from the thrill
of unexpected snow days
and canoe rides




under full moons.
I am from bare feet
 in fresh-cut grass
and Dad’s gardens
   all around.
I am from
          long
 afternoons
        spent
      floating
    irrigation
       canals
   on stolen
inner tubes.
from spontaneous and
expected family gatherings,
from Thanksgiving weekend
   Christmas tree-gathering trips
and Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls
            afterward.
I’m from stubborn independence
     and laughing too loud.
I’m from Snyel’mn
       this valley
surrounded by mountains
I’m from
 descendants
  of Mormon
    pioneers
 who choose
to come West
and the Salish
who were forced here from
       the south
I’m from
dirt roads
    and
potholes
 and too
   many
  wakes.
I’m from
 summers in
   teepees
   and old
   trucks
   that run
  just well
   enough
to drive teen
independence
I’m from frozen
pipes in February




                    and dreams of
                    air conditioning
             ...
I’m from making due




                   ... and
                dreaming
                of more
from grandfathers who made
  their livings among trees




        and horses
from women who were always
       mothers first




      but never solely.
I am from...
I am From...
those
                    grandmother’s
                        quilts,




     my grandfather’s logging truck,
and the w...
I am from



!!!!
overstuffed
        bookshelves



doing
 too
much
and the calm ! ! ! !     ! !!!!
                         !
! ! ! ! productivity
! ! ! ! ! ! of midnight hours...
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  1. 1. WHERE I’M FROM Christa Umphrey
  2. 2. I am from bedtime stories and nightly family dinners
  3. 3. from wood-paneled walls and green shag carpet
  4. 4. from Farina and Reservation politics
  5. 5. from cheap bear around Friday night campfires
  6. 6. and after-church, roast beef dinners on Sunday afternoons
  7. 7. I am from the thrill of unexpected snow days
  8. 8. and canoe rides under full moons.
  9. 9. I am from bare feet in fresh-cut grass
  10. 10. and Dad’s gardens all around.
  11. 11. I am from long afternoons spent floating irrigation canals on stolen inner tubes.
  12. 12. from spontaneous and expected family gatherings,
  13. 13. from Thanksgiving weekend Christmas tree-gathering trips and Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls afterward.
  14. 14. I’m from stubborn independence and laughing too loud.
  15. 15. I’m from Snyel’mn this valley surrounded by mountains
  16. 16. I’m from descendants of Mormon pioneers who choose to come West
  17. 17. and the Salish who were forced here from the south
  18. 18. I’m from dirt roads and potholes and too many wakes.
  19. 19. I’m from summers in teepees and old trucks that run just well enough to drive teen independence
  20. 20. I’m from frozen pipes in February and dreams of air conditioning in August.
  21. 21. I’m from making due ... and dreaming of more
  22. 22. from grandfathers who made their livings among trees and horses
  23. 23. from women who were always mothers first but never solely.
  24. 24. I am from...
  25. 25. I am From...
  26. 26. those grandmother’s quilts, my grandfather’s logging truck, and the woods where he spent his days.
  27. 27. I am from !!!!
  28. 28. overstuffed bookshelves doing too much
  29. 29. and the calm ! ! ! ! ! !!!! ! ! ! ! ! productivity ! ! ! ! ! ! of midnight hours...
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