Zeitlin's use of the exercise was inspired by George Ella Lyon's poem, Where I'm From. The idea has been used so much that Googling "I am from" yields many lovely poems and nearly as many templates and lesson plans to guide student writers.
I've been writing a poem. I think this is an exercise that could be done every day with different results.
I am from the mountains. And the woods.
Solitude, silence and song.
Secrecy and stubbornness.
Ideas and imagination.
I am from the piano
and the sweet, fragrant Weigelia in June.
I am from pine pitch
And the dirt road with the wooden bridge over the brook.