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Where I'm From This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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I am from sensations.
Grandma's facial expression,
trying not to laugh after I was told to quiet down at Saturday night bingo.
Heat pressing all around me
while all the tanning beds in the salon are running.
My steering wheel on a January morning,
being held by only two shivering fingers on my right hand.
Red Bull,
Goldfish crackers,
and wintergreen gum.
Jamming out in the car with my brother
to a bagpipe solo after discovering an Irish ­radio station.
Waking up on the basement floor in July,
wearing a bonfire-scented sweatshirt.
Sitting in the aroma of a coffee shop for three hours,
catching up with an old friend.
Heart skipping a beat
before leaping into a swimming pool without testing the water first.
Where I'm from is defined by moments.

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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