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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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JamesODalaigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm
I really love this poem, added to my favourites! You're great!
livelovesmile said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 10:12 am
This poem is amazing! I like the repetition of the "I am from" and especially like the ending where you relate past to preent. Nice job- keep writing!
KarinaDavidyuk replied...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm
this poem is based on a real poem a real poet wrote. I wrote one like this for a school assignment checki mine out and dnt forget to vote :D
Wildflower30 said...
Dec. 11, 2011 at 9:57 am
This poem is all feelings, and it is amazing! 
Celine D. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm
This made me remember my own childhood and it is a happy and sad thing to remember back in that way. I miss it. Very nicely done.
theworksofcieraforrester said...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm
We are both from the same place.
Muzee3This 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...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm
I love the way this poem is organized. Its all beautiful. Such memories never fade away. Finally, its not how we lived, but, what we lived with.:) K.I.U.
artmantist said...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

hello, nice poem. Would u guys wanna check out my work. its called the cottage 

thank u

Chelsyy said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm
I love it this is amazing it reminds me of the good old days to amazing work loved it x3
Gingersnap777 said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Great job!  Such a well-rounded subject, and so well presented.  The only inconsistency I noticed was in your last two stanzas wherein you began to rhyme the last and third to last lines.  It works well with that section of the piece, but because you do not use this throughout, it is a slightly startling discrepancy.  But that's just me being picky.  Good job :)
DeusExMachina said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Hey good job! We had to do this a few years ago as an assignment in english class!
. said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm
This is awesome! It made me kind of nostalgic thinking about my childhood. Anyway, this is a great collection of memories put together in a great way! :)
AsIAm This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 6:42 am

This is amazing! :) Really feels like childhood :)


P.S.  I used to LOVE the Berenstein Bears :)

purp_butterfly said...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 11:14 am
My creative writing teacher gave us this "I Am From" prompt in class. I had a lot of fun with it & ours is similar but maybe I should post mine so you can see.
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm
I like it; so much like my childhood it's not even funny. Wow, just really well written. Think maybe you could check out some of my work sometime? Anyone?
heather_marie said...
Oct. 6, 2011 at 10:08 am
wow i really like it how u desribed your life
golden29 said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm
Wow.  This is the best I've seen on this site so far.
Fifona said...
Sept. 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Awesome i like it :)(:
GG859 said...
Sept. 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm
This poem is exactly my childhood!  I miss those Polly Pockets, a lot.  The last two stanzas are excellent.  This is a beautiful poem I'm sure a lot of people can relate to as well.
TevoRocks said...
Sept. 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm
awesome poem it rocks dont stop doing what you love ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!
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