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I Am From MAG

July 29, 2008
By WriterDancerLover GOLD, Fontana, California
WriterDancerLover GOLD, Fontana, California
15 articles 1 photo 25 comments

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.

The author's comments:
Recently I was thinking a lot about the good old days when i was just a little kid. This piece is mainly about some of my favorite things about my childhood, and it truly shows how i got where i am now.

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on Nov. 21 2011 at 8:53 pm
ThreeLittleBirds SILVER, Oak Park, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Some people care too much. I think it's called love" -- Winnie the Pooh

This made me remember my own childhood and it is a happy and sad thing to remember back in that way. I miss it. Very nicely done.

on Nov. 19 2011 at 11:51 pm
CieraForrester SILVER, Kenly, North Carolina
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We are both from the same place.

on Nov. 19 2011 at 8:16 pm
kiLLaBLoke3 GOLD, Kegalle, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Never worry if u have or had any bad, bitter experiences, because, that can be what made u perfect or better than how u were.

I love the way this poem is organized. Its all beautiful. Such memories never fade away. Finally, its not how we lived, but, what we lived with.:) K.I.U.

on Nov. 19 2011 at 5:26 pm
artmantist BRONZE, Willemstad, Other
3 articles 0 photos 72 comments

hello, nice poem. Would u guys wanna check out my work. its called the cottage 

thank u

on Nov. 4 2011 at 7:40 pm
Truetothering_24 GOLD, Queens, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Trust Nobody

I love it this is amazing it reminds me of the good old days to amazing work loved it x3

on Oct. 28 2011 at 4:31 pm
Great job!  Such a well-rounded subject, and so well presented.  The only inconsistency I noticed was in your last two stanzas wherein you began to rhyme the last and third to last lines.  It works well with that section of the piece, but because you do not use this throughout, it is a slightly startling discrepancy.  But that's just me being picky.  Good job :)

on Oct. 28 2011 at 2:42 pm
DeusExMachina SILVER, Reading, Pennsylvania
7 articles 6 photos 93 comments

Favorite Quote:
The universe was exploding, each particle away from the next, hurtling us into dark and lonely space, eternally tearing us away from each other--child out of the womb, friend away from friend, moving from each other, each through his own pathway toward the goal-box of solitary death

Hey good job! We had to do this a few years ago as an assignment in english class!

. said...
on Oct. 28 2011 at 2:22 pm
This is awesome! It made me kind of nostalgic thinking about my childhood. Anyway, this is a great collection of memories put together in a great way! :)

AsIAm PLATINUM said...
on Oct. 28 2011 at 6:42 am
AsIAm PLATINUM, Somewhere, North Carolina
48 articles 3 photos 606 comments

Favorite Quote:
"According to some, heroic deaths are admirable things. (Generally those who don't have to do it. Politicians and writers spring to mind.) I've never been convinced by this argument, mainly because, no matter how cool, stylish, composed, unflappable, manly, or defiant you are, at the end of the day you're also dead. Which is a little too permanent for my liking." — Jonathan Stroud (Ptolemy's Gate)

This is amazing! :) Really feels like childhood :)


P.S.  I used to LOVE the Berenstein Bears :)

on Oct. 25 2011 at 11:14 am
purp_butterfly BRONZE, Hurst, Texas
3 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"I can do whatever, it's always my call. Lord, I forgot that's the greatest gift of all."-Stevie Chavez

My creative writing teacher gave us this "I Am From" prompt in class. I had a lot of fun with it & ours is similar but maybe I should post mine so you can see.

Lexie96 GOLD said...
on Oct. 22 2011 at 6:41 pm
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
Now Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge, oh don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everbody needs you. - The Killers

I like it; so much like my childhood it's not even funny. Wow, just really well written. Think maybe you could check out some of my work sometime? Anyone?

on Oct. 6 2011 at 10:08 am
heather_marie PLATINUM, Deshler, Ohio
21 articles 2 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
\\\"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control

wow i really like it how u desribed your life

on Oct. 4 2011 at 11:01 pm
golden29 BRONZE, Tustin, California
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Favorite Quote:
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Wow.  This is the best I've seen on this site so far.

Fifona said...
on Sep. 28 2011 at 5:58 pm
Awesome i like it :)(:

GG859 said...
on Sep. 14 2011 at 11:20 pm
This poem is exactly my childhood!  I miss those Polly Pockets, a lot.  The last two stanzas are excellent.  This is a beautiful poem I'm sure a lot of people can relate to as well.

TevoRocks said...
on Sep. 14 2011 at 9:37 pm
awesome poem it rocks dont stop doing what you love ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr.ABC BRONZE said...
on Sep. 14 2011 at 7:09 pm
Mr.ABC BRONZE, Haslet, Texas
1 article 0 photos 3 comments
Yeah I did the same thing in a class just a few weeks ago actually lol. 

FlawlessPoet said...
on Sep. 14 2011 at 6:42 pm
FlawlessPoet, Round Lake Beach, Illinois
0 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Keep God and He will keep you"

yea me too. awesome poem

on Sep. 14 2011 at 5:15 pm
Bradymb94 SILVER, Walker, Iowa
5 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
2) "I am not, nor will I ever be, a sheep." 2) "Time will pass ever so slowly. But pass it does, Even for me." -Stephen King

whoa!! I did the exact same thing, our teacher last year assigned an "I am from poem" :D small world! it's not on my account though


on Sep. 14 2011 at 11:58 am
WeAllBurn PLATINUM, Vermilion, Ohio
24 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ~Mahatma Gandhi

loved <3 5/5 (:

please check some of mine out? (:

i would greatly appreciate it.