Origin Story

I am from subtle chlorine smells
Lingering on skin
After hours-long stays
At the suburban community
Swimming pool

I am from dusky
Card games
Uno, Phase 10, Hand and Foot,
Played in backyard patios
As the hot summer breezes
Whisper a chill retreat

I am from lost toilet paper rolls
Missing from several house pantries
Eventually being discovered
Dangling from trees
Of an unsuspecting neighbor

My version of a poem inspired my George Ella Lyon. It’s a great model that many teachers use to guide their young poets to use imagery.