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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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Hayden B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 20, 2009 at 2:35 am
I appreciate the effort that ostensibly smelted this poem. However, I must say that I agree with S.t.S.'s comment: This poetic format/exercise is utilized in nearly every writing class across the country. Which isn't surprising: the "Where I'm From" style allows for a more 'raw' feeling, and easier emotional discourse via a sense of creative rhetoric-- but it is the farthest thing from original. Your writing could be infinitely more powerful if your style delved more into the real... (more »)
Live+Laugh+love said...
May 19, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Childhood memories are the ones we remember the most.
Nice piece. You speak to the writer, on a deeper level.
- Tara
nikkibuzz21 said...
May 13, 2009 at 9:55 pm
o we had to do an I am From poem at school too
Pa S. said...
May 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm
don't worry about what S.t.S. said. your poem is great.
very deep. you must have an amazing memory. keep them coming.
Roisin G. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 12:37 am
I truly admire this poem. Mainly because I can tell that it is not something you just made up out of random thought, that it is something that you have lived through, and something that you have expirienced. Nice work! :D
KaylaKissesAlways said...
Apr. 26, 2009 at 10:55 pm
I like this poem! It reminds me of so many things! It makes me laugh and smile about all the silly things that everyone goes through but not many people want to admit!
Dead-eyed-Author said...
Apr. 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm
That was a raw emotional rollercoaster! THANKS!
Sami E. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 25, 2009 at 4:23 am
Good, but over-done. This exercise is used in almost every writing class in the U.S.A., and nearly every teen poet has done this. However, I must say that it IS well-formatted, and entertaining, albeit repetitive.
54321 replied...
Nov. 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm
I think this particular one is good because she made it her own !
Ineedthesuntorise.... said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 12:47 am
This is an absolutely excellent poem!!! I think it is truly good-great structure, great words, great language. It makes me think about my childhood. Keep up the fantastic work!! :)
pinkvolleyballgirl said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 8:29 pm
Very awesome. Keep it up:)
Wanna read another great poem?
Advance search: iLove by Katelyn H
Ash-bo said...
Apr. 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm
I can tell you work hard, and do this often, giving each piece originallity. Great imagery
Nikki M. said...
Apr. 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm
really good. This is something that everyone can relate to. The roots of what we are. Kudos :)
WriterDancerLover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 8, 2009 at 1:44 am
Hey, CutiePie. I wouldn't be criticizing a poem if I spell "the" like "da." I'm just saying~ You get the point.
kressbe replied...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm
nice comeback. The whole point of the I am from poem is to crack into yourself... so each of these poems will be unique and poweful in their own way. Personally, I loved the rhythm you created with your images. Good job!
BeloveD replied...
Jul. 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm
you tell her like is girl! power to the people ;)
CutiePie said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 8:19 pm
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Dec. 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm
Dwayne replied...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 1:18 pm
loved it it was amazing
Alison K. said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 8:04 pm
The poem was really good! Its a poem that definitely relates to everyone, I myself was brought back to my little kid memories, from the day I dropped a watermelon down the stairs to the day I walked out of elementary school. However, word flow is key to a good poem, there were a few sticky spots for me, not that I don't need to work on it too. ;)
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