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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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Emmalee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 11:05 am:
Wonderful. :) "I am from tears on my pillow and unanswered cries, from holding your hand and that look in your eyes." That line gave me chills.
 
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Claire_Milan said...
Dec. 13, 2009 at 11:47 am:
I love the style. The reality of it all. The tenderness and truthfulness and this has helped me to see that I have come a long way from all these things. Now I can see where my parents get the phrase, "Time sure does fly." Because in reality, I'm from all these things too. How about writing another piece similiar to this about where you're going.....? Just for thought....
Always&Forever
~Claire Milan*
 
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writingtiger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm:
You absolutely rocked this poem!!! :) Keep writing like this and maybe you'll be signing pictures for your fans on a midsummer's day!!! Keep on making me happy! :)
 
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rinaheartsyoux3XD said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm:
this was amazing.
i realllly like this.
i liked the part where you said
" I am from tears on my pillow,
And unanswered cries,
From holding your hand,
And that look in your eyes"
that is so cute [=
grrrreat job :D
 
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Dwane 123 said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm:
good job loved it
 
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jackieo said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm:
Dear Writerdancerlover,
I am a teacher who is writing and teaching this very kind of poem and we found yours today. I loved it. I thought it had some of of the best voice of any I've read so far and I especially liked your phrase "green blankey."
 
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Bob The Builder said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm:
It was totally raditcal dude or dudet!!!!!!!!!
 
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vampiregirl said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm:
Super!!!! this is an awesome poem!!!!! I loved it!!! NICE JOB!!
 
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halo<3XOXO This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm:
Dear WriterDancerLover,
This poem is really well written. I really liked in the first stanza when you said "My green blankey and Climbing out of my crib." That was really good voice content!
halo<3xoxo
 
Dwayne replied...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm :
Dear writer dancer lover,
I really loved this poem!!!!There was some typos but still it was amazing!!!!!So keeep writing!!! <3 --
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girl replied...
Dec. 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm :
Where were there typos? I didn't see any.
 
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GOlacieGO This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 9:25 am:
Well written.
Nice job.
 
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SomeoneElse. said...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm:
This was great. It really brought me back to my nostalgic childhood days. The part "...and playing with my sister, the second part of me..." really got to me...that's just how I felt. Great work! You make me want to write a poem, almost as good, about when I was a little kid!
 
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lalalauren5919 said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm:
nice poem!
im a dancer and a writer too!! :]
 
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starsonmysleeves This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 12:59 am:
I love how you used suc classic images of childhood, yet none of them cliche. I especially like the image of you falling out of the grocery cart. well done.
 
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Yoodle15 said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 10:09 am:
Your poem beautifully captures the happiness and nostalgia of childhood, and how it shapes us as adults =)
 
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blumarine said...
Nov. 10, 2009 at 9:55 pm:
had to do the same in school but urs is very original and imaginative! like it x)
 
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CaseyLeigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm:
I love this poem, especially the ending! :]
 
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RitaChristine This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm:
This poem is wonderful! I adore how you included so many important things from your childhood in so few words. I also appreciated your sense of rhythm. The stanzas are not all the same, but it still reads well and flows from line to line. Everyone has something to say about their childhood, and this piece has certainly encouraged many of us to do just that! Isn't poetry just the best way to tell it? :D
 
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corruptedlullaby said...
Nov. 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm:
Woahhhhhhh! <33 I absolutely LOVED that!
 
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