Jocelynn, my youngest, amazes me with her creativity. She enjoys both drawing and writing equally, and has recently been experimenting with poetry. Checkout her original poem entitled, I Am From.
I Am From
By Jocelynn H. Dow (age 13)
I am from Sherlock and Shae-Brie,
Guyana and America,
Black cake and apple pie,
And many cousins who are either “gaffing1” or clowning around.
I am from fiery food that’s too hot to handle
And sweet cakes that delight the taste buds.
I am from thick melodic accents that sing songs of my heritage
And stories of my ancestry that carry me across oceans.
I am from rhythmic drums and dance moves I study hard to catch up with.
I am from learning secret recipes from family matriarchs, from blending ingredients, from licking spoons and leaving tiny bits of cinnamon on the kitchen counter and getting flour all over our aprons.
I am from huge Christmas parties at my house with enormous cooking contests and aunts competing to make the most delectable treats that are to drool for.
I am from sonorous barks and gentle licks on hands, cheeks from two dogs named Starski and Hutch who are spoiled but humorous companions.
I am from passion, loyalty, and creativity.
I am from knowing what’s right and wrong.
I am from the Dow family.
1Gaffing – Guyanese term meaning ‘to have a conversation.’