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

I am from
My green blankey and
Climbing out of my crib
From playing mermaid in the bathtub.

I am from walking my dog,
And the noise he made when I step on his tail.

I am from my sheep nightlight
And Blue’s Clues and the Berenstain Bears.
I am from spinning until
I can’t tell where I am and
Seeing the world upside-down.

I am from long days at school
And hurrying home to watch Pokémon.
From chocolate-chip cookies at
Grandma’s house.

I am from July days in the pool
And running through the sprinklers.
From my imaginary friends and
The games we used to play like
Doctor and patient and teacher and student.

I am from trips to the grocery store
And that time I fell out of the cart onto the
Sticky linoleum floor.

I am from the tap tap tap
Of my tap shoes that one week
That I decided to be a dancer.
I am from trying new things.

I am from rainy days
And board games,
Saturday cartoons and Cheerios.

I am from walks on the beach
And the sand on my feet,
And not wanting to go home after vacation.

I am from Barbies and Polly Pockets
From playing with my sister,
The other half of me.

I am from books and flashlights
And pens and paper.
From silence to screaming.

I am from tears on my pillow
And unanswered cries.
From holding your hand
And that look in your eyes.

I am from past and present
And dreams of the future.
I am from hard work and
Harder play.
And I am from writing down my thoughts
On a midsummer’s 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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lourdez said...
today at 11:02 am:
hi im new in this web site   
 
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Rosie630 said...
Sep. 18 at 8:38 am:
Wow...love it. This sounds like me. So relatable!
 
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wildsThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Aug. 30 at 6:16 pm:
this poem is really good and inspireing 
 
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IngeniousTurtleThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Aug. 3 at 2:06 pm:
This is a really great poem. Love how it plays on the phrase "I am from", and instead of saying a place, uses a moment. :)
 
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mindwrecked said...
Jul. 27 at 4:06 am:
i love it! good job
 
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Athena17This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 25 at 8:47 pm:
Loved this poem :) sooo well written and relatable 
 
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KanateThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 25 at 12:24 pm:
I love this poem, It's something almost everyone can relate to, and i think that's awesome. 
 
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TheJIsLikeAYThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 11 at 2:22 am:
I really really loved this poem. We did these in class this year and it brought back good memories.
 
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PropheteerThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 11 at 1:03 am:
This is really powerful and relatable. Nicely done.
 
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XandiThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
May 20 at 3:22 pm:
This is an amazing poem. I'll definetly be looking out for more of them. I also read some of your other poems, and they are just awesome. You put so much thought and meaning into so few words, and are a truly gifted writer.
 
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im_awesomeThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
May 20 at 10:52 am:
this is beautiful. and amazing. this poem is unique in a different way then others. the best poem i have seen.
 
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Calli G. said...
Apr. 21 at 12:34 pm:
This poem is lovely.  The element of nostalgia really hits home. I can relate to most of the childhood memories you mentioned, as I'm sure many others can, too. Beautifully done, you have a real gift.  
 
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Paulina I. said...
Apr. 6 at 7:20 pm:
This is beautifuly writen. It is very visual and it's one of my all time favorite poems on here. Keep writing! You truly have a gift. I bet you would like the poem my big sister wrote. AlexandraL. Her poem called Different is a true work of art.
 
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C.neishaThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 1 at 8:35 am:
Beautiful :)
 
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meghan00 said...
Feb. 18 at 1:36 pm:
 i like how you incorpated all the good memories from all of our childhoods to one poem. this was a good freeverse poem, i love it.
 
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EEKgirl said...
Jan. 11 at 12:10 am:
This poem made me smile. It's nice to read cheerful freestyle. :)
 
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kimis said...
Dec. 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm:
This poem was awsome, helped me remember the good parts in my childhood
 
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Mia1023 said...
Dec. 13, 2013 at 9:27 am:
I think this is one of my favorites every written on the site. I can relate to it as if you took the memories out of my head and simply set them into the frame of words. I love this poem. (:
 
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Nard Allen said...
Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm:
Very good!!
 
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Nard Allen said...
Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm:
Very good!!
 
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