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

I am from juice,
from Minute Maid and
Simply Orange.

I am from the cold stone floor,
freezing my feet.

I am from the bamboo plant,
the palm tree,
and the money plant as green as money.

I am from curry and temples,
and Dr. Seuss and Bollywood,
from Mum, Dad, and relatives.

I am from the cleaning and organizing.
From cleaning my room to being organized.

I am from festival of lights
so happily and brightly celebrated.

I am from India, butter chicken to naan.
From the Grand Canyon to the Himalayas is the growth of my family.

From pagers to cell phones is the improvement of my family.
I am from my family.

I am from speaking my language,
trying not to lose dignity of my religion and culture.

I am from packing boxes and moving.
From Canada to Texas, to Chicago,
and then to California.

I am from respecting animals more than people,
from giving and helping we needed.

I am from band practice to playing tuba,
from learning something new every day.

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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somegirl said...
Sept. 27, 2008 at 11:48 pm
wow. i loved it. amazing and mmmm...butter chicken and naan.
Kagome said...
Sept. 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm
I love this poem. I wrote one for class but it was not half as good as this one. Nice job.
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