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Where I'm From : Here's My Story

I am from the pail of water,
from wooden dolls and rice balls.
I am from the mud hut by the river.

I am from the water lily,
the touch-me-not.
I am from singing all night and
playing 'cold&hot'.

From Renu and Paul
from stay indoor and
shut up, you are too small.

I am from Assam, India and Bangladesh,
from herbal soup and flower fritters.
From surviving and sharing laughter

I am from poor eyesight and eating right.
I am from blue hills, from people on the move
I am from spreading hope and love.


kellyannaustin's picture

Stella, Your words are so


Your words are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.



Stella Paul's picture

Thank you Kelly

My apologies Kelly, for responding this late! I missed seeing the comments for a while. But now I am here and I thank you for reading! I am so glad you liked my story.

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Tiffany Purn's picture

Setting trends...

Stella -

Thanks for being one of the first on WP to share your own personal poem.

I especially love this visual of you singing all night...I can totally see it. Your tenacity comes through strongly.


Stella Paul's picture


Dear Tiffany

It saw a format and I thought,'how can I write a poem in a pre-decided format?' But when I began, it began to make sense. And I thought - 'the format is there, because essentially, our lives are all same.'

I am happy that you found the imagery nice. Before any big social event - marriage, naming a child etc, its a tradition for ladies to get together and sing an entire night. We are losing that now though, but hopefully some of it will stay on!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Saywan Mustafa Ibrahim's picture


You have portrayed a very nice picture through your words.

Saywan Mustafa Ibrahim
Pulse Member
Kurdistan Region (IRQ)-Erbil

Stella Paul's picture

Thank you!

Hello Saywan

I want to thank you for your comment. But I read the word - Irbil and now my first thought is, 'You live in Irbil? Are you all safe there?'

I am sorry if that sounds dramatic. But we have little knowledge of your region and whatever news we do get, its all very worrying. So again, I hope you are safe, and I am certainly happy that you have joined this community of World Pulse. I am the chairperson of World Pulse' Community Advisory Board and I welcome you here warmly! I hope to read more form you, connect more with you in the future.

For now, thank you for reading this poem and for commenting!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

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