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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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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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metaphor-mouse This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 11, 2010 at 11:10 am:

oh my gosh, your words gave me SHIVERS :)

good job!

 
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Egyptiangirl13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm:
Great job-very meaningful
 
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Lanier42This 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...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm:
i really, really like this. great job!
 
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inspir3d This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 9:47 am:
i can really identify with this :) brought back a lot of childhood memories. creative layout. great job!
 
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mandygale77 said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 11:31 am:
Awesome! I wrote one of those once...don't know if I posted it here...anyway, that was really cool!
 
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possiblylindsey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm:
awww i thought this was really sweet =] good job, i really like this!
 
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sobel95 said...
Apr. 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm:

this poem made me smile :)

keep up the good work!

 
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Corbin M. said...
Mar. 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm:
I really like this. It brought back memories.
 
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kay1301 said...
Mar. 15, 2010 at 8:37 am:
I really liked this peom!! I totally connected to my own childhood and really enjoyed the poem all togerher!
 
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Vivallaa said...
Mar. 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm:
We were doing these kinds of poems in school, I submitted one of mine in my childhood in Ukraine.
 
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Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm:
did you submit this into a POP competition? it sounds familiar.
 
Hippie_H.A.M.? replied...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm :
oh my gosh it does sarbear!! but its still VERY good and unique and is a NUANCE (hope i used that write but in case i didn't i think it was a poem that made you think about things a little diffrently)
 
iLuv2run replied...
Mar. 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm :
this does sound alot like that one poem that won the POP poetry contest a couple years ago... but its not the same one. i actually like this poem a little better tho... :)
 
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pampalooga This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm:
i didn't like this, LOVED it. so original and true and... it describes exactly how i feel about my childhood also. i reeeeally enjoyed reading this and it rightly deserves to be printed in the magazine. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!! :)
 
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LostAngel said...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm:
love the "I am from tears on my pillow
And unanswered cries
From holding your hand
And that look in your eyes"
Really stood out, the whole poem did
 
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