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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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Julia M. said...
Jan. 4 at 12:33 am
This is just beautiful. I feel like everyone can relate, and I thought the last stanza tied the whole poem together, amazingly.
 
hunterrjordan10 said...
Nov. 6, 2015 at 11:43 am
I enjoy the poem, “I Am From” because it reminds me of my childhood. My favorite line has to be,” I am from hard work and Harder play.” This is my favorite line because it's an important motto in life.
 
bailss1 said...
Nov. 4, 2015 at 11:32 am
I like this poem because I can imagine, “and running through the sprinklers.” This is such a fond memory I have as a child. I loved it!
 
abby.v said...
Nov. 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm
The quote "I am from July days in the pool And running through the sprinklers." definitely sparked my interest. It sounds personal to your childhood, but it also brings back memories of my childhood. The imagery took me back in time to when I was a kid. I loved it!
 
SummerstarThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm
This is a beautiful story WriterDancerLover, not many people can so well bring emotion and memories into their words, it makes me think of when I was little and some of my special memories. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us and keep writing!
 
zmo17 said...
Sept. 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm
Really good poem!
 
Merveille This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 12, 2015 at 12:03 pm
you might find this cheeky of me but check out my version of this poem still called " I am From" but added a dark twist. i love the original though.
 
KateStar replied...
Oct. 14, 2015 at 2:15 am
A very moving poem! It makes my heart ache for you. Thank you for sharing this. You are in my prayers.☺️❤️
 
im_not_crazy_im_myself said...
Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:20 am
This is the story of my life!!! It's beautiful
 
tinybert said...
May 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm
Holy nostalgia blast, batman!
 
Brian110 replied...
Jun. 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm
agreed, batman, very batman.
 
Iamwhoiam16This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Apr. 3, 2015 at 2:36 am
I love this poem. Beautifully written! It is amazing! :) Please take and rate my poetry,I will appreciate it.
 
alliebeltran said...
Mar. 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm
Very well written! I love it!
 
augustus.waters.dances said...
Mar. 24, 2015 at 11:33 am
Please take a look at my work, as well! I think you'd enjoy them! :) Thanks
 
augustus.waters.dances said...
Mar. 24, 2015 at 11:31 am
This is really,really good! Great job! :)
 
Iamwhoiam16This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 19, 2015 at 6:01 am
I really love the way it was written! :) Great job!
 
NoniDoni said...
Jan. 19, 2015 at 1:10 pm
Thought provoking! I enjoyed reading it! post comments and check out my work!
 
WriterChicThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 2, 2015 at 10:20 pm
Absolutely beautiful
 
bwnihilanth said...
Dec. 21, 2014 at 7:36 am
I like this. It's so dizzy, you can tell it's genuine.
 
Orlivee said...
Nov. 12, 2014 at 9:18 am
yh, I like that we're from experiences and not from places. Beautifully done.
 
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