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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 Feb. 19 2010 at 8:42 am
alayapoetgirl BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid. -John Wayne

I like this poem...however I have heard a poem just like it...titled 'Where I am From'. Anyway, yours is quite different..it is unique!

-When you get the chance check out my opinion essay on animal rights/vegetarianism.

on Feb. 8 2010 at 8:30 am
ThunderLovestheRain SILVER, Brookhaven, Mississippi
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't fret when it rains on your parade...just learn to dance in it."

"Be yourself...everyone else is already taken."

"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes."

That was really just simple amazing and i am definatley a fan of yours now...amazing job :)

on Jan. 28 2010 at 9:05 pm
fiveinside2 BRONZE, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
3 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"Don\'t tell me the sky\'s the limit if there are footprints on the moon.\"

It is a beautiful poem, but I would suggest you proofread next time before you sumbit. Things like two different verb tenses in the same sentence, unnessecary sentence fragments, and 'Bernstain' instead of 'Bernstein' annoy the educated reader. Just a thought. :) But it had great ideas. :D

on Jan. 10 2010 at 3:10 am
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
62 articles 1 photo 881 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Some things will never change"---Tupac

This is really beautiful. It really got me thinking about what I used to do as a child. This poem is brilliant, and I will tag it as one of my favorites!! Congrats on getting it published, btw.

on Dec. 23 2009 at 9:21 am
IsobelFree DIAMOND, Hamilton, Other
71 articles 20 photos 296 comments

Favorite Quote:
"As long as there is open road, the familiar has the most formidable competitor." - Anonymous

I love that stanza too, especially since most of the other stanzas don't rhyme so this one stands out, plus it's so sweet and romantic. I LOVE this poem. So cute, and I can relate to almost all of it. I'm adding this to my favourites.

booklover08 said...
on Dec. 19 2009 at 8:03 pm
I think..no i know that this is very beautifu and i loved it halfway throughh...my favoring part was "I am from tears on my pillow

and unanswered cries from holding you hand

and that look in your eyes."

I couldn't exactly wirte your whole poem back to you but just know all of this is my favorite.!

on Dec. 18 2009 at 8:58 pm
despurlock DIAMOND, Morgantown, West Virginia
79 articles 0 photos 179 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The heart has its reasons which reason does not know." -Pascal, Pensees, 1670

This is so so soooo beautiful! I love it! It is a wonderfully composed piece that displays phenomenal development! Keep it up!

Sarah09 SILVER said...
on Dec. 17 2009 at 11:12 pm
Sarah09 SILVER, Evanston, Illinois
6 articles 2 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Glory is seeing the impossible, saying 'screw it,' and drawing your sword anyway." -Anonymous

I love this -- I've attempted this kind of poem countless times, and it's a lot trickier than it looks! Wonderful job!

Emmalee SILVER said...
on Dec. 15 2009 at 11:05 am
Emmalee SILVER, Rayville, Louisiana
9 articles 14 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. - John Lennon

Wonderful. :) "I am from tears on my pillow and unanswered cries, from holding your hand and that look in your eyes." That line gave me chills.

on Dec. 13 2009 at 11:47 am
Claire_Milan PLATINUM, Waldorf, Maryland
29 articles 1 photo 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love that we cannot have is the one that lasts the longest, hurts the deepest, and feels the strongest because True Love cannot be found where it truly doesn't exist nor can it be hidden where it truly does."---A wise young man

I love the style. The reality of it all. The tenderness and truthfulness and this has helped me to see that I have come a long way from all these things. Now I can see where my parents get the phrase, "Time sure does fly." Because in reality, I'm from all these things too. How about writing another piece similiar to this about where you're going.....? Just for thought....


~Claire Milan*

girl said...
on Dec. 12 2009 at 10:31 pm
Where were there typos? I didn't see any.

on Dec. 4 2009 at 12:38 pm
writingtiger25 BRONZE, New Providence, New Jersey
3 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not follow the path that others make and force you to follow. Make your own path and leave a trail." -Dalai Lama

You absolutely rocked this poem!!! :) Keep writing like this and maybe you'll be signing pictures for your fans on a midsummer's day!!! Keep on making me happy! :)

on Dec. 2 2009 at 1:28 pm
this was amazing.

i realllly like this.

i liked the part where you said

" I am from tears on my pillow,

And unanswered cries,

From holding your hand,

And that look in your eyes"

that is so cute [=

grrrreat job :D

Dwayne BRONZE said...
on Dec. 2 2009 at 1:21 pm
Dwayne BRONZE, Hancock, Maine
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Dear writer dancer lover,

I really loved this poem!!!!There was some typos but still it was amazing!!!!!So keeep writing!!! <3 --


Dwayne BRONZE said...
on Dec. 2 2009 at 1:18 pm
Dwayne BRONZE, Hancock, Maine
1 article 0 photos 2 comments
loved it it was amazing

Dwane 123 said...
on Dec. 2 2009 at 1:17 pm
good job loved it

Dwayne123 said...
on Dec. 2 2009 at 1:15 pm

jackieo said...
on Dec. 2 2009 at 12:56 pm
Dear Writerdancerlover,

I am a teacher who is writing and teaching this very kind of poem and we found yours today. I loved it. I thought it had some of of the best voice of any I've read so far and I especially liked your phrase "green blankey."

on Dec. 2 2009 at 12:55 pm
It was totally raditcal dude or dudet!!!!!!!!!

vampiregirl said...
on Dec. 2 2009 at 12:52 pm
Super!!!! this is an awesome poem!!!!! I loved it!!! NICE JOB!!