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Where I’m From

I am from a court,
from bouncing balls and broken belief.
I am from the falling rain crashing onto the pavement.
I am from a mountain,
looking up and growing.

I’m from Mom’s shoulders,
as she carries me through life.
From her grilled cheeses and helping me with homework.
I’m from laughter,
and jokes.
I’m from family I chose.

I am from a week of broken bones.
A week where my sister, brother, and I had injuries.
I am from nicknames:
Snowflake, Jake the Snake, and Wint?,
I am from the Marquette games.
I am from the a pumpkin
as the weight crushes me.

I’m from lectures,
trying to fall asleep and playing Madden on my phone.
I’m from the analysts,
screaming on ESPN.
I’m from my heart,
because I know what’s right and wrong.
From the golden rule and sharing,
from not trying drugs and not fighting.

I am from a time,
Where there was no responsibilities.
I am from the snow,
nipping at noses and cheeks.
I am from the fear of what’s next.
And what my future has in store.

I am from love,
and the care that follows.
From the brownies and cookies Mom makes,
and the appreciation she deserves.
In my room I have my baby blanket
bringing memories,
as if they just happened.
I am from these memories.
I am from a court...

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