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.

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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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.
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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
Shakria S. said...
Feb. 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm
It was an amazing piece and I can't wait to read more of your work!!!
flux_day said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm
I think we can all relate to more than two things in this poem.... Great job pulling my memorys from my corpse, I truely enjoy letting them linger around my head to make me smile.
pfeiff_for_life11 said...
Feb. 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm
i LOVED this!
i love how it changed from childhood to maturity.
very well written!!
kaylnbella said...
Feb. 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm
OMG! I love it!!!!
It sounds really good! I look forward to some of your other work as well!
justsome1 said...
Feb. 11, 2009 at 1:00 am
Wow!!! That is an awesome poem!! I look fwd to seeing more of your poems!

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!
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