I am from ME
I am from Virginia.
I am from Bill and Emma Lou.
I am from my own damn self, and don’t you forget it.
I am from God and air and the Universe.
I am from cosmic dust all swirled together to make me.
I am from pencils and pens and markers and paper and pastels and paint
that help me understand and define where I’m from.
I am from suburban streets, not treacherous woods.
I am from Germany, last lifetime and this.
I am from friendships forged and broken,
I am from the cradles of my friends’ arms holding me tight in the grief of my soul.
I am from the Spirit of my children coming through me and teaching me soul.
I am from loving my husband ferociously,
hating the loss of him with the same ferocity,
tentatively reaching out to him to try again.
I am from fire and water and Earth and dance.
I am from exuberance and passion.
I am from power and presence and clarity.
I am from the power of God pouring through me.
I am from intellect and passion and heart and spirit.
I am from everything that ever happened to me and
everything I’ve had to heal from and
everyone I’ve chosen to forgive and
everything I’ve created and
everything I’ve ever done.
I am from salt and stone, earth and rock.
I am from sea water and air, bone and hair.
Susan Singer is an artist, writer, teacher, adventurer, and healing human being whose path has been and is rocky and revolutionary and gorgeous and fun and grief-filled and hard and simple and wonderful and wondrous.