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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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RandomRanda said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm
i like this poem! i did on of these in school and it got me into writing
Maverick replied...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm
hey guys so 1 thing i am mostly a writer so let me know if help is wanted & 2 I am also doing a "i am from" poem for my school.
StarDayDreamer said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 10:55 am
I love the random facts! :D
sasssgirrrl22 said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm
this is so amazing. i love all of it, and can relate to so much. the last few lines are my favorite though. its very powerful. plz keep writing!
BlueFoot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm
freaking amazing. You'll never see this due to the massive influx of comments you have gotten. but. this reminds me of my 90's childhood intensely
WriterDancerLover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm
Thanks for commenting. I read them all and thank you for the feedback!
ElleNicole said...
Jul. 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Really good. Check out my work?
starstruk87b said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm
dude this is great. i did all these things when i was a kid too. hmm very nostalgic feeling there. props
DallasCox said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I absolutely love this. The descriptions of childhood are things we can all relate to. And the transition from youth and happiness to adolescence and trials is so abrupt, that it really captures the speed of growing up.

I love this.

ChelseaSmith said...
May 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm
I just had to do an I am From poem for school! My teacher started crying when I read mine! Hha <3
GothChik95 replied...
May 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm
if you haven't already, you should totally put it up on here.
FaithCarpender replied...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 5:48 am
this had feelings and emotion but this is lacking sentence structure structure is the most important thing in a sentence.
miky123 said...
May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

I think that was amazing

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May 9, 2011 at 8:54 am



jaaaws_17 said...
May 5, 2011 at 10:53 am
I did an English assignment written in this form; I should post it haha. I like yours :D
iamAbel said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm
Awesome work!! :)
I.believe said...
Mar. 23, 2011 at 12:07 am
I love this poem!! It's beautiful and full of meaning, showing us that we come from what has happened to us in our life.  I don't know what else to say, it's just so pretty and, wow!!
Hotaru said...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm
This was a great poem. Your writing showed me clear images for each word I read. It was surprising how you captured so many important aspects of life in such a short amount of space. You have really good writing abilities, and your words create amazing imagery. I am personally not very good at writing even though I wish I could be but you have some serious talent. (I should know, I read so many books!)
daniec said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 8:10 am
really great well written
Lanielee said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm
I love your poem, It was Great!!!
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