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I am from inner tubes
From Marco! and Polo!
I am from the play set
and the splinters within it
I am from the tomato plants
who start like grapes
and end
ripened and bright
as if mocking me
in the best way

I am from Schmidt and Assini
to Tormey and Hallinan
I am from never ending homework and projects
From As and smiley faces
On top of the page
I am from physical and mental education
From leaders and role models
Urging me on
To As and smiley faces
On top of the page

I am from a seed
To a blossoming flower
Like the rest of the tree
Unlike Grandma
Whose flower has wilted
Before even my seed could see
I am from the beautiful flowers around me
Who have survived through heart attacks
And browned from cancer
I am from Queen Elizabeth
(on another tree)
I come from scientists and businessmen alike
But I shine in a vibrant purple
And I have a rounder leaf
So the seeds after me
Will come from scientists and businessmen
And an author alike

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