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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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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!! :)
-Isabella
 
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
wow
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
IT WAS OK. BUT I'VE DONE ONE LIKE THIS IN MY CREATIVE WRITING CLASS AND UM.......U GET DA POINT
 
Dwayne123 replied...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm
hahahahahahaahahaahahaha
 
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. ;)
 
cutiepuppy said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 1:50 am
I loved your poem it rocks:)
 
dancer_95 said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 1:15 am
This poem was extremely well written. I can practically feel the sticky linolium floors. I encourage you to keep writing!
 
Mena<3 said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm
this is awesome!
i related it to my own.
because its so connected with reality that you can picture yourself in that position!
good job=]
one of my favorites!
 
mcBut3r said...
Apr. 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm
it connected me to my own life? things that were the same, i realllly liked it! =D
 
Snowflake382 said...
Apr. 1, 2009 at 9:37 pm
WOW!!
 
Katie M. said...
Apr. 1, 2009 at 9:02 pm
I thought this was pretty good. One thing i think that needs work on it is the over all flow of the poem. It seems to stop when you are reading it. I loved the word choice. It was really nice.
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