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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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! :)
luv2run2299 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 . :)
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.
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