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I'm from scorching days and fresh nights.
I'm from bare feet in the streets and heaps of fights.
I'm from no air conditioning and repeated days with no lights.
I'm from the third world.

I'm from a place that makes America look like paradise.
I'm from where teachers own sticks and dogs are not here to be nice.
I'm from hard work and no rights.
I'm from the third world.

Where I'm from it's not all bad.

I'm from soccer in the grubby streets and unity in the air.
No matter how hard it gets, there are still smiles everywhere.
I'm from home-cooked meals every day.
I'm from where everybody has a place
to stay.
I'm from the third world.

by Zakaria El-tayash, Columbia, MO

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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Francis This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm:
Hey, i'm from the third world too.
 
Fayrouz This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 31, 2009 at 7:44 pm :
good descriptions of the third world, especially the lines about America being paradise. You get the feeling that although people in the third world don't have what we consider the basics, they have the basics of love and family the best :)
 
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Zakaria E. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 21, 2009 at 9:03 pm:
GREAT WORK DUDE, THIS IS THE BEST POEM SO FAR
 
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