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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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
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
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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
crich897 said...
Jan. 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm
Well, Christine, here are the links to a few of my pieces. None of them are very great - just some basic stuff.
I know I was a bit harsh on your work and I apologize for that. Any criticism from you (negative or otherwise) will be greatly appreciated and taken without offense.
Like I said, though, these are just some random pieces from my notebook - not really trying to do anything with these yet. But, here you go:

1.)TeenInk.com/raw/Poetry/article/7... (more »)
girliecurleyyy said...
Dec. 28, 2008 at 1:55 am
I love this poem so much. Keep on rockin' it sista! Don't let mean comments get to you because this is definitely something to be proud of... and just look at all the other poems you've published through other anthologies and such! You are well on your way to becoming a great writer.
42537292srw said...
Dec. 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm
I like it a little bit. It Doesn't make sense. I love twilight though
artofthedeath said...
Dec. 20, 2008 at 3:36 am
I have never heard of Lyon. This poem was from the heart, but the author should not be so quick to take offense. I can't talk, so I am sorry for saying that. However, I am one to speak what another needs to hear.
I read this poem, and what comes to me is the good ole' innocent days where life was simple and the weight of the world didn't press on my shoulders every moment. When times were bright and expanses long and prentiful. I remember those days with a bitterness, because now they are... (more »)
julzgilmore said...
Dec. 19, 2008 at 3:57 am
Exactly, just because she wrote down something similar doesn't mean it's plagiarism or copy-cat. Beside this is Teen Ink, meant for writers in the making.
It was a lovely poem. I read it and thought of myself growing up. You can tell she wrote it from childhood memories by the way she presents them in an order, each reminding her of another.
Great Job and keep writing.
Look up my poem - Description Without Proof and tell me what you think if you please. I need some feed back.
theauthorofthispoem said...
Dec. 30, 2008 at 4:27 am
For the record I am not "offended" by the critisisms of my poem. I merely felt that some of the statements were unnecessary and harsh. I appreciate comments and even critisisms, but keep in mind that this site should be for fun, and not so much of a competition. If people continue to leave such harsh comments on everyone's pages, the fun is taken out of Teen Ink! And thanks to everyone who left me a comment. i am glad to be reaching people in any way i can! And to julzgilmore, can you ... (more »)
duckie430 said...
Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:33 pm
good job! i like this poem
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