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

July 29, 2008
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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PB1-2 said...
yesterday at 6:30 pm
This poem was beautiful, I loved how you connected the past and the present so perfectly.
 
EnpanzurThis 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...
Oct. 4 at 11:52 am
I am from the bed that I sleep on everyday, from the icecream that fell on the floor yesterday and the mouse in my room that won't go away.
 
NJacobY said...
May 2 at 12:22 pm
Beautiful peace of writing. Love how you made your transitions.
 
Homer said...
Feb. 25 at 5:58 am
This is so beautifully written! Warm and feel-good in the beginning and touching in the end, I might say this really is one of my favorite TeenInk poem.
 
KevMeow said...
Feb. 15 at 10:33 pm
This poem is worded so perfectly! I can relate to all of it!!
 
LeisurelySketches said...
Jan. 12 at 4:59 am
Loved the 'I am from..' at the beginning of each stanza, and how it adds meaning to the poem. Simple but beautiful, and something that everyone can relate to.
 
Patrick82432This 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...
Dec. 21, 2016 at 6:42 pm
I like this piece and the message of how time changes the way you live your life.
 
socialkaysualtyThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 16, 2016 at 9:41 am
this is so hauntingly true... love it!
 
anna4real.zThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm
Ahh you just named like half of the pleasant things I knew as a kid. And I love your ending!
 
KevMeow replied...
Feb. 16 at 8:07 am
Yeah! This lists all the things I used to do... It's REALLY good.
 
SallyW.This 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...
Jun. 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm
I relate to this so much. This is beautiful!
 
Kalianah_Wogoman said...
May 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm
i like this poem. I like how you worded it.
 
miaH.505This 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 3, 2016 at 6:12 pm
I really like this poem. You took a rather mainstream concept of writing about your child hood "Where I'm From" and really made it your own. You made it unique. Great job!
 
Slampoet said...
Apr. 23, 2016 at 5:35 pm
Brilliant love it , Please check out my work @slampoet
 
janesnow This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 22, 2016 at 8:51 pm
haven't we all tap-tap-tapped our tap shoes that one week? so relatable, it's insane...
 
payton25 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm
Amazing poem! Loved the ending verse
 
bootypopper23 said...
Apr. 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm
it doesnt rhyme fix ur poem plssss
 
janesnow This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 22, 2016 at 8:50 pm
this triggered my bothersome, as well, my good sir.
 
Artemis.Roe said...
Mar. 14, 2016 at 10:52 am
I remember doing something like this for a project back in sixth grade! Great poem! :)
 
ashley01rocks said...
Feb. 27, 2016 at 7:01 am
amazing poem
 
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