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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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justavisitor said...
Feb. 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm
nice poem. i liked the last few stanzas. they really spoke to me. :-]
 
anna23 said...
Feb. 10, 2009 at 2:48 am
Wow, this is a really impressive poem. I really wish I could write like this.

Great Job! :)
 
JoUrDyn!! said...
Feb. 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm
That was a great poem it made me think back and look at my life and how i to have unanswered cries every night
 
Jilybeanrb said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 3:02 am
This made me smile :] I could relate to so many of those things-- climbing out of my crib, watching pokemon, grandma's cookies, running through sprinklers, playing pretend.. such fond memories. This poem really shows what it's like to grow up. The kind of things you learn from and remember as a kid, and as a teenager. The kind of things that we are all from :]

Wonderful job, congrats on being published.
 
PaloVerde1 said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 1:10 am
I liked your poem. A lot. I reminded me of my childhood and the times I was able to share with loved ones.
 
MirandaJo said...
Feb. 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm
Amazing!! Loved it, reminded me of my past, as a young happy kid. The poem is full of life!
 
Kaede the leaves said...
Jan. 29, 2009 at 4:42 am
This is a fabulous poem which deserves an award. It shows the flashback on a childhood so long ago. I love it.
 
fellowwriter said...
Jan. 29, 2009 at 4:16 am
Hey! way to go, :) you should be proud you have really good rythum and deep thoughts in this one WAY TO GO CHRISTINE!!! :)
 
theauthorofthispoem said...
Jan. 22, 2009 at 4:10 am
To West:Wow! What an honor that is! Thank you very much, I am glad your students enjoyed this poem. It came from the heart! I would love to see some more of what your class came up with, because i thoroughly enjoyed the one you sent! I'm glad I could be an inspiration to other young writers out there!
 
west said...
Jan. 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm
Hey,
Just wanted you to know that I had my entire 8th grade English class use your poem as inspiration. I read through some wonderful work and many students thought your poem was great. One of my students also wrote the following and thought you may like it...
You ask me where i am from
and you ask me what makes me, me
and i am not too sure
how to answer this accurately

I wonder if you mean
the endless summers
or the incredible anxiety
more »)
 
ur awesome! said...
Jan. 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm
beautiful poem, i could imagine all of it. i bet many people could relate to ur poem and keep writing!
 
littlebritt said...
Jan. 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm
this is so awesome! we just had to do this at the beginning of the year in my sophmore english class. it was a lot of fun to write this type of poem. you did an awesome job with yours.
 
Alyssa s. said...
Jan. 14, 2009 at 7:59 pm
good poem
 
Kittyluvsu said...
Jan. 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm
sweet poem reminds me alot of da childhood i wish i never had
 
Mickey said...
Jan. 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm
i like this poem it tells all about her life and its really cute in the begining
 
Alyssa s. said...
Jan. 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm
i really like your poem!! has good word choice to. keep up the good work!! (:
 
barbiegirl300 said...
Jan. 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm
that was good and make it more powerful
 
crich897 said...
Jan. 7, 2009 at 12:53 am
When did I ever say that I was? When did I ever even allude to that ridiculous assumption?
 
Desertflower said...
Jan. 6, 2009 at 5:33 am
Crich897, you are not God.
 
jackielfult said...
Jan. 5, 2009 at 1:03 am
pretty good, i like the "i'm from.." idea
i thought the ending was a bit awkward though, like it was building up but then ended really abruptly
 
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