I am From. (#1)

by E   Jan 29, 2011

I am from shells, Marlboro Lights, and pita.
from the same old house I've been living in
since second grade.
I am from home-grown tomatoes.
From the ones our grandmothers planted,
their withered hands tending for them.

I am from going out almost every night.
From being able to swim for long periods of time.
From pre-nana Saliha, who knitted "papas".
From baka Zora, who calls every other day.
I am from "kifla" and "Sarajevo, Ljubavi Moja."
I am from Catholics and Muslims.

From what people would call mixed blood,
I am from Croatia, and Bosnia.
From halva, and polpet.
From the ones who came from where the bombs
fell and destroyed..

From the ones who met in a refugee camp,
from the place that no one seems to know
where the location is,
I am from the pictures that were burned,
ripped, stuffed in boxes, and shoved under beds.

Note to reader:
My Grandmother is going to kill me for calling her baka.... >.> And she'll kill me again for writing "Grandmother".

Papa: like a sock, but made of yarn.
Kifla: a loaf of bread, but in this context it means like shoo.
Sarajevo, Ljubavi moja: is a song, it was especially sang during war time in Sarajevo, Bosnia. It means Sarajevo, My love.
Halva is a treat made after Ramadan during Eid Al Adha and Eid Mubarak in my family. (Well... It used to be.)
Polpet is.. shoot. I don't even know what it is, my baka Zora makes it. I think it is ground beef made into a little patty, and covered with bread crumbs. Possibly, don't quote me on it.
Pita: I don't even know what to write. PITA IS THE BEST FOOD EVER. PERIOD. END OF STORY.

And the pre- before "nana" means great. So she's my great grandmother.


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  • 3 years ago

    by ThugPoet

    Really loved it. Excellent write.

  • 3 years ago

    by nourayasmine

    Hey, Erna. I know you're not active on here anymore, but I have missed your writes, especially this one. This is a piece that had hit home at the time and still gets to touch me deeply every time I re-read it.
    Love you.

  • 6 years ago

    by Yakori bint Muhammed

    A spell binding piece of ones thoughts, journey in life and seeking for self satisfaction. Very charming, pure and emotional.

    The use of language to portray your feelings gives it that unique touch thus crowning it all with your beautiful wordings.

    I love this piece so much, inspiring and close to the heart. Something I can read over and over without getting tired because it's not boring at all but rather intoxicating.

    Keep up the good work, KUDOS! Mashallah.

  • 6 years ago

    by The Poet Behind The Poems

    Stunning piece unique and unbelievable ... well penned indeed :) 5/5

    Tony x

  • 6 years ago

    by Decayed

    I LOVE THIS, Erna.

    I LOVE IT!

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!