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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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fishy said...
Aug. 9, 2008 at 4:08 am:
Great Poem!
 
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burrito2000 - jose said...
Aug. 9, 2008 at 4:08 am:
wow
im good at drawing and your good at poetry =D
 
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IkutoKittyCat said...
Aug. 9, 2008 at 12:21 am:
Well, I'm a bit of a critic sometimes cuz I write alot too. Fanfictions and stories and stuff. I suck at poetry though, my attempts are rather futile.

I honestly liked it, it had that feeling of nostalgia. It wasn't incredibly unique, I've seen this kind of poem before, but it was well written and flowed well. But since I suck at poetry, I think its awesome XD
Keep it up!
 
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a big fan! said...
Aug. 8, 2008 at 3:41 am:
Great job! I loved the imagery you used, and the specific details- it really brings your memories alive- keep writing!
 
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AliciaizKRISPY said...
Aug. 8, 2008 at 2:48 am:
wow. i REAALLY liked this poem. you're a very talented teen. Keep it up. You destined to be a great author when you're older
 
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