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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.

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Swrilingpaint This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm:
you should have put your heart and soul into it. just for the fact its about you and your life. Show them what your made of (:
 
WriterDancerLover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm :
What do you mean? I put me into this poem completely.
 
spiritualrevelationrevealspainandrevolution replied...
Dec. 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm :
she means dig deeper, you just wrote down some random events in your life that must have stood out. what do you stand for/believe/fight for/love/inner demons, stuff like that is a lot more powerful.
 
WriterDancerLover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 11, 2010 at 1:38 am :
Oh, I understand what she means now. However, I do think that many people forget that poetry doesn't always have to be about inner demons and the very core of a being. I simply wrote this poem during a very sad time in my life in which I needed to remember what made me happy. I wrote this for me, and when I realized what joy it reminded me of in my life, I thought I might as well share it. Never did I dream that people would like it and vote for it and that it would stay so popular for two years.
 
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evdiamond said...
Sept. 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm:
this is really god:)
 
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SaMiLoVe97 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm:

Wow. I really really liked this.(: Brought back alot of wonderful memories.(:

So, thank you.(:

 
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speech.write.crazy said...
Sept. 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm:

It made me remember playing with my sister when I was younger and how she would always make me be the prince haha. It's really good!

Please look at my work! Comments are appreciated!

 
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hciluarg_m823 said...
Sept. 2, 2010 at 9:21 am:
As I read your poem, I found myself picturing everything you did. I can relate to the cookies and Pokemon especially :) This is an amazing poem, so great job.
 
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Baller22 said...
Aug. 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm:
check out my poems! please!
 
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hotpinkgrl96 said...
Jun. 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm:
Good Job, I had to do this is school also, I'll submit mine too(:
 
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gymn88 said...
Jun. 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm:
i love you poem.  i had to write an I Am From Poem for school and i would of put my heart and soul in it if i didn't have to present it to my class.
 
Swrilingpaint This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm :
you should have put your heart and soul into it. just for the fact its about you and your life. Show them what your made of (:
 
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palak said...
Jun. 9, 2010 at 11:10 am:
the whole poem stood out really good job keep it up!!
 
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Hanna424 said...
Jun. 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm:
I love this!!! It really reminded me of the old days of childhood where the world is at your fingertips:)
 
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demetria said...
May 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm:
someone else wrote something similar to this so i will say what i said to them.... give this purpose. you are from these things but so what? what's the point/message you are trying to get across. it could be growth, life,etc. but the reader doesn't know that unless you show (don't tell) the reader the purpose.
 
moonshoescarly replied...
May 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm :
The purpose is obvious. She appreciates these things provided by her family and peers. These memories make her who she is and give her life sentimentality.
 
WriterDancerLover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm :
Hi. I appreciate the comment, but I wanted to let you know that I feel like the words speak for themselves. I didn't want to spoon feed meaning to the reader. Everyone who reads this poem will have their own memories and senses rushing back to them, and that's the way I intended it. And I write for myself. If people want to read my work and enjoy it, of course they can. But it speaks to me and fills my own heart, and that's all I wanted.
 
moonshoescarly replied...
May 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm :
Perfect reply. The whole purpose of poetry is to express something for yourself!
 
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charzard said...
May 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm:

wow. this is great, powerful stuff.

i love remembering the good old days. who doesn't?

great poem, though! 5 stars and faved.

 
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funnythewayitis said...
May 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm:

really really good. one of my favorites. would you mind reading and commenting on mine?

 

 
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