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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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carmen_smith said...
Oct. 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm
I did an I am From poem in my writer's workshop class this year. I love them in general! I really love yours, though. Fantastic :) Check out my poem "Micheal" if you'd like. It's my first post to Teen Ink (:
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm
This was so great. You're a fantastic writer. If you don't mind, I'd love to hear your opinion of my poem Broken Structure. Cheers. :)
sbets said...
Jul. 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I love this! It's important that every person should know their roots, and I like how you clearly stated yours. Love the rhythm, too. Outstanding job!

Please check out and comment on my poems!

. replied...
Oct. 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm
^That's me. Mind checking out my work?:)
Indilove said...
Jun. 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

I just absolutly love this. It's so relatable to everyone. It's written so clear and precise, this is truly a wonderful piece of work. I don't even know what else to say it's just perfect in every way.

Keep writing and never stop

you have a gift, pursue it

QueenOfMars said...
May 17, 2012 at 6:26 am
wow.... I had written something really familiar... but yours turns out to be lovely! Keep up the great work! 
devil said...
Apr. 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm
not bad but why talk about your child hoood
Kate97 said...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:59 am
I really liked the imagry you provided. I loved it. :)
Shaniqua said...
Mar. 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

This made me cry for some reason. 



lbbarlow125 said...
Mar. 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm
Really cool images provoked by this- I really like inspiring.
AllaynaRaj said...
Mar. 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm
I love this:)
Let-Love-In said...
Feb. 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm
i've written this style poetry before, i hope you check some of my stuff out! this was very well written, i loved it :)
Michaela M. said...
Feb. 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm
wow i love it you are an amazing writer
I-Love-ADELE-4-Ever said...
Feb. 15, 2012 at 11:13 am
Really good! I just had to read this because I did a poem called Where I'm From and this is sort of like it!
CallMeMeatBall said...
Feb. 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm
I love this poem! It shows how much you changed over the years! and also makes you think back on your life!
laurensoccer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm
This poem is so beautiful! It takes me back to when I was little!!!! Keep writing!!!!
Fia-fia said...
Jan. 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm
This is beautiful and so sweet! it is wonderful that you looked back on your life and shared with us the things that made you who you are.... Thank you! :)
luv2run2299This 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. 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm
This is so good! I love it! Keep writing (:
bobby1995 said...
Jan. 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm
I think this is a motivated well consturcted poem. Check out my where i'm from
Precious_15 said...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm
I love this..Check out my Where Im From . :)
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