Where I am From This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


I am foraged from brains, bronze, and bravery
From blue collar man and white collar woman
From “I love you with all my heart and ten
stinky toes.”


I am from the outfit of dirt
From the can of worms below my feet
I am from the “girls can get dirty too!”


I am from the playset transforming into a
flying pirate ship
From the sandbox bakery, to the town for toads,
to lava monsters layer
I am the girl who thought she could fly


I am from the heart-racing bike rides through
the campground.
From the time the golf cart attacked Kyle and
from the riddle of the two brothers who
were not twins.


I am the nurse bound to her castle
From the ghastly disease that plagued mom
I am the princess watching the world
from the glass


I am from the time loop of albums of Van Halen and Rush
From Eddie slaying the guitar to Sammy
rocking the vocals
From “When the music’s too loud you’re too old.”


I am fabricated from creativity, charisma,
and compassion
From ink stains and paper cuts to sweat and soot
I am from “olive you.”

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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