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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.

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GOlacieGO This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 9:25 am:
Well written.
Nice job.
 
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SomeoneElse. said...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm:
This was great. It really brought me back to my nostalgic childhood days. The part "...and playing with my sister, the second part of me..." really got to me...that's just how I felt. Great work! You make me want to write a poem, almost as good, about when I was a little kid!
 
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lalalauren5919 said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm:
nice poem!
im a dancer and a writer too!! :]
 
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starsonmysleeves This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 12:59 am:
I love how you used suc classic images of childhood, yet none of them cliche. I especially like the image of you falling out of the grocery cart. well done.
 
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Yoodle15 said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 10:09 am:
Your poem beautifully captures the happiness and nostalgia of childhood, and how it shapes us as adults =)
 
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blumarine said...
Nov. 10, 2009 at 9:55 pm:
had to do the same in school but urs is very original and imaginative! like it x)
 
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CaseyLeigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm:
I love this poem, especially the ending! :]
 
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RitaChristine This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm:
This poem is wonderful! I adore how you included so many important things from your childhood in so few words. I also appreciated your sense of rhythm. The stanzas are not all the same, but it still reads well and flows from line to line. Everyone has something to say about their childhood, and this piece has certainly encouraged many of us to do just that! Isn't poetry just the best way to tell it? :D
 
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corruptedlullaby said...
Nov. 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm:
Woahhhhhhh! <33 I absolutely LOVED that!
 
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writer24/7/365 said...
Oct. 10, 2009 at 11:52 am:
i just love this. please read my pieces.
 
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LitKidForever said...
Oct. 10, 2009 at 10:36 am:
This is amazing. Really makes me nostalgic, thinking about the days that while, we didn't have as much freedom, things were simpler. Keep on writing!
 
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Torrie H. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 2:47 pm:
This is wonderful. I feel like watching some Blue's Clues right now.
 
WriterDancerLover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm :
Haha, Blues Clues is the business!
 
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writer24/7/365 said...
Aug. 31, 2009 at 12:19 am:
this is awesome. it really gets people thinking about where they're from.
 
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Fifi said...
Aug. 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm:
That poem is wonderful. It reminds me of the onr I made in 8th grade. Enjoy reading and keep up the great work.
 
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Brittany S. said...
Aug. 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm:
This is spectacular. The way you captured the exact essence of childhood, is mesmerizing.
 
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GigglyAmber said...
Jul. 25, 2009 at 3:02 am:
You expressed the essence of your childhood.
 
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iThink said...
Jun. 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm:
I'm pretty sure that I've done something like this in my creative writing class...
 
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RachelCrowe said...
Jun. 1, 2009 at 12:44 am:
this is good. But my least favorite part which i thought was funny (in a good way) is running home to watch Pokemon :) i liked pokemon too and i just think this is a reeeealllly great poem
 
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Jasmine<3 said...
May 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm:
you are a really good writer. =] It actually reminds me of my childhood. Thanks for the memories..
 
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