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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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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
Dwayne123 replied...
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. ;)
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
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.
Another Poet
newcomposer123 said...
Mar. 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm
this poem is really very nice
<3::wish4wings::<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 17, 2009 at 1:04 pm
this deffinately makes you smile:) its reallyc reative and amazingly good!
Austin said...
Mar. 5, 2009 at 11:51 pm
reminding me of past life I had.
I'm totally different now and it's good to look back... just to check on my sanity...
Ian S. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 5, 2009 at 9:09 pm
I really like this it's AWESOME!!!! you are a really talented poet and i hpe you keep on writing,congrats on getting on the teen ink mag see ya lata!

your fellow poet -Ian :p
Nicole K. said...
Feb. 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm
this reallllly reminded me of me. haha, its fantastic!!!! please check out my poem too its called somewhere away! thanxx!
singingpixie said...
Feb. 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm
I know everyone was saying that it relates to them but its so true
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