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February 25, 2009
By Fred Adolphsen BRONZE, Boise, Idaho
Fred Adolphsen BRONZE, Boise, Idaho
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I’m from lemons in a wheelbarrow,
From wind-lashed cheeks.
I am from cactus coolers (yellow and orange that soothe the throat),
I am from the dumpster.
The albino rabbit that lurks,
A crunching sound of gravel and bone.

I am from papayas we picked that morning,
From Cosmo Kramer.
I’m from flying down the road,
From yes.
I’m from sticks and rocks,
From no.

I’m from the bayliner,
From Rupert.
From Good Samaritan, where I learned true
Sorrow and despair.
At the top there is light,
A need to earn trust, a need to impress.



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on Jan. 14 2011 at 6:38 pm
courtneycolaizy BRONZE, Cottage Grove, Minnesota
4 articles 3 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"can miles truly separate us? if I'm in your heart aren't i already there?"

ive written one of these too. but mine was not even close to as good as yours. you can really picture it.

good job :D


BMC601 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 9 2010 at 2:26 pm
BMC601 BRONZE, Plaquemine, Louisiana
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I had this assignment in eighth grade. Mine was no where as good as this one, I can relate because I am from an extremely small town; make the poem longer I want more. 

blf496 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 1 2010 at 7:45 am
blf496 BRONZE, East Hills, New York
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i really like the poetic views that you have showed me. it really makes me feel how fortunate i am to live in this type of environment. it shows me that i am thankful for all the right moves i made in all the right places. and oh yea they're coming now

on Oct. 18 2010 at 10:11 am
LibbyGayle BRONZE, Halfway, Missouri
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everything happens for a reason..."

Ha. I had the same assignment last year. Mine wasn't this in depth, but it was similar.

Maxinkuna said...
on Aug. 30 2010 at 5:13 pm
I got this same assinment from my teacher my freshman year of high school

on Jul. 22 2010 at 12:20 pm
Hannahgee6 BRONZE, Greensburg, Kentucky
1 article 0 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
therefore do not worry about tomorrow. for tomorrow will worry about itself. each day has enough trouble of its own.
-jesus

oh my gosh. i wrote a poem like that in english class. haha. it was fun. and i liked it a lot. :)

 


on Jul. 22 2010 at 8:32 am
BlackXxXKisses SILVER, Niles, Ohio
9 articles 4 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
You don't know what you've got til its gone.

Wow. This was good. I'm glad I stumbled upon it.

on Jun. 30 2010 at 10:55 am
claudiathewho SILVER, West Tisbury, Massachusetts
8 articles 1 photo 43 comments

demetria, why don't you tell that to George Ella Lyon, the woman who inspired this poem?

http://www.georgeellalyon.com/where.html


on May. 31 2010 at 5:36 pm
PurpleMelody GOLD, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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No prob :D

on May. 27 2010 at 5:48 pm
olympian-queen, Charleston, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Yesterday is history. Tommorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift that's why they call it the present.

i like the blend of words but the purpose isn't clear....okay you are from these things/places but so what? what's so great about it? give it PURPOSE!

on May. 27 2010 at 5:47 pm
olympian-queen, Charleston, South Carolina
0 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
Yesterday is history. Tommorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift that's why they call it the present.

good critisism. thanx for not kissing butt like some other people.!!:)

lilyxoxo GOLD said...
on May. 26 2010 at 5:40 pm
lilyxoxo GOLD, Springfeild, Massachusetts
12 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
love last forever as long as you dont lie or try to hide

omg i had this same assingment!!!

on Apr. 29 2010 at 5:30 pm
celloizmylife PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
27 articles 0 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious.....And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney

ouch. that sounds pretty suckish. sorry. In my area the education is pretty developed. As much as I can't stand my TAG Language Arts teacher, I'd rather have her class than yours. Maybe it'll be better for you a different year.

on Apr. 26 2010 at 12:00 pm
Atasha94 BRONZE, Oakland, California
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Favorite Quote:
ITS NOT HOW LOUD YOU SAY IT BUT WHAT YOU SAY./ Every sinner has a future and every angel has a past

Yes  it was it was better than the things i write it was really really good keep

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on Apr. 25 2010 at 11:01 am
Eilatan GOLD, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
11 articles 1 photo 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nobody is normal. Everybody in the world is a weirdo freak. Except you, which makes you a weirdo freak."

the comments section of this site is meant for constructive critisism and praise on our fellow writers' artistic expression, not random words and letters that jam up the comment boxes and disregard the actual peice of work.

Eilatan GOLD said...
on Apr. 25 2010 at 10:58 am
Eilatan GOLD, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
11 articles 1 photo 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nobody is normal. Everybody in the world is a weirdo freak. Except you, which makes you a weirdo freak."

I've never been assigned anything like this. I wish my Language Arts cirriculum would do ANYTHING with poetry besides studying the difference between similies and metaphors.

smallfry GOLD said...
on Apr. 25 2010 at 10:51 am
smallfry GOLD, Eagan, Minnesota
12 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game

it wasn't good enought to make someone cry it was good but not that good.

on Mar. 20 2010 at 12:43 pm
celloizmylife PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
27 articles 0 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long.
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious.....And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney

Jeez, does every English teacher give this assignment? 2 of my English teachers gave this assignment, and I had to write it differently both times.

on Mar. 12 2010 at 4:38 pm
alisaysroar GOLD, N. Kingstown, Rhode Island
13 articles 4 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Weighed down under the shallow sunrise, the radiance seeping through my aqua ceiling, and reminding me that I chased my own demise--we've all constructed our own ends with the illusions of beginnings."

I've done this exercise before in my English course. It is a very clever way of portraying oneself. You've done a nice job :)

on Mar. 12 2010 at 11:53 am
PurpleMelody GOLD, Tulsa, Oklahoma
17 articles 0 photos 20 comments
This ia a good poem, but I don't feel like I fully understand who u are. It seems as though your just explaining things youv'e done.


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