Serve Well Blog

4.26.17

Where I'm From

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

To discern where you're goingeven, sometimes, where you areyou need to know where you're from. At the Winter Debriefing and Discernment event, colleagues compose "Where I'm From" poems that unpack the places, people and experiences that form their service journey. Here's a taste of the paths of three colleagues who debriefed this year.

 

Bridget Hinton ‘16

I am from benvenutos, bienvenidos and welcomes,
from hot bike rides through sunflower fields,
from swimsuits and splashes
from morning sips of coffee, fried eggplant, rosemary bushes, mozzarella balls and too many ciao bellas that broke my heart.
I'm from unspoken family trauma,
From deep wonder, church pews, stained glass windows, lit candles and family prayer time.

I'm from evergreens planted to the soft cold sand on the gray harbor.
From rain pants, canned beef stew, pea salad, long lines waiting for lunch and beautiful faces.

I'm from rivers and mountains, from long stories of the past, from soft and wrinkly skin full of wisdom on its way to the stars, leaving the rest of the world in mystery and love.

Spencer Uemura ‘16

I'm from a distant place, but my heart has found a home
in rock-studded shores, tree-lined streets
in breakneck, widemouthed, downhill bike rides, and scraped palms.
I am from a good, and quiet, and hardworking people.

I'm from a distant place, but my heart has found a home
in the biggest skies and the widest plains
in unexpected, bountiful, and plentiful friendships.

I'm from a distant place, but my heart has found a home
in jagged peaks indomitable, snowy valleys impenetrable, a culture invaluable
in tears and blood, but mostly sweat,
poured into the Mother's womb, to be rebirthed anew
in lessons learned from secret sages
to whom the world would do well to listen.

Lauren Amundson ‘14

I'm from Vikings and lefsa,
from pea salad and lakeside
from chocolate roll and mosquitoes

I'm from sunshine and ocean
from oak trees and waterfalls
from orchids and cactus to things that can't grow

I'm from yard sales and Jesus
from thrift stores and gold
From privilege and power to places unknown

To familia y tequila
with a new home that loves
filled with people that aren't connected by blood

I'm from failing and learning
from growth and from hope
to a world of connection that includes one and all.