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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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.
 
Iamwhoiam16 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! :)
 
Iamwhoiam16 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!
 
WriterChic 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.
 
BalanceoflightanddarknessThis 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. 21, 2014 at 9:38 am
I love this but it is kinda of sad
 
youngbirch said...
Oct. 21, 2014 at 2:43 am
I love the concept of this poem that we don't come from a place but rather from our experiences. Those are the things that create who we are, and the sense of nostalgia in this poem creates a tone that's really beautiful.
 
lourdez said...
Sept. 29, 2014 at 11:02 am
hi im new in this web site   
 
Rosie630This 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...
Sept. 18, 2014 at 8:38 am
Wow...love it. This sounds like me. So relatable!
 
wilds said...
Aug. 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm
this poem is really good and inspireing 
 
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