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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danny:) said...
Sept. 6, 2008 at 8:21 am
Wow, this is a really cute and sweet poem! I love it!
Me said...
Sept. 5, 2008 at 12:48 am
This poem was a very superior piece of writing, but many writers - teens especially - tend to write poetry about childhood, lost innocence, growing up, etc. It is not unique, but it is a display of considerable talent.
Tweedle Dee said...
Sept. 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm
loved the nostalgic feeling! i'm a sucker for nostalgia lol!!! keep writting!
Liz said...
Aug. 29, 2008 at 11:02 pm
I loved it. Absolutely fantastic. Keep writing!
Fromthewater said...
Aug. 28, 2008 at 8:42 pm
You have just described my childhood...minus the pokemon part. You must enjoy writing because that was just wonderful.
joygirl said...
Aug. 27, 2008 at 8:18 pm
That was beautifully nostalgic. I couldn't help but smile when I read it. You should be published in the magazine; without a doubt.
Aug. 26, 2008 at 8:50 pm
Christine - That was great. Well written and impressive for a teen. Keep it up. Don't stop writing. Write down all your thoughts and feelings and experiences. It helps me to work through everything and think about it. You did a great job here, don't stop!
LeRain said...
Aug. 19, 2008 at 8:16 pm
Oh, gosh, the specific things you mentioned like saturday cartoons, cheerios, and pokemon, those things really did bring me a while back. This poem reminded me of my childhood, too. It had an easy flow to it, which is one of the most important parts of a poem, and I liked how it had an apparent meaning to it - not just a bunch of phrases that happen to sound nice together. Very well done, Christa! I would favorite this if I could...
joshuacjones said...
Aug. 16, 2008 at 11:39 pm
that is the best poem i've ever heard lol
its great ur a good writer
good inspiration
Joads said...
Aug. 9, 2008 at 6:21 pm
fishy said...
Aug. 9, 2008 at 4:08 am
Great Poem!
burrito2000 - jose said...
Aug. 9, 2008 at 4:08 am
im good at drawing and your good at poetry =D
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!
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!
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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