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

July 29, 2008
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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writer24/7/365 said...
Oct. 10, 2009 at 11:52 am
i just love this. please read my pieces.
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!
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!
writer24/7/365 said...
Aug. 31, 2009 at 12:19 am
this is awesome. it really gets people thinking about where they're from.
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.
Brittany S. said...
Aug. 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm
This is spectacular. The way you captured the exact essence of childhood, is mesmerizing.
GigglyAmber said...
Jul. 25, 2009 at 3:02 am
You expressed the essence of your childhood.
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...
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
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..
bookhugger14 said...
May 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm
this poem was extremely good
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.
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