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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 Dec. 2 2009 at 12:47 pm
XOXOhaloXOXO GOLD, Ellsworth, Maine
13 articles 1 photo 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
I'm the author of my life and, unfortunately, I'm writing in pen=]

Dear WriterDancerLover,

This poem is really well written. I really liked in the first stanza when you said "My green blankey and Climbing out of my crib." That was really good voice content!


GOlacieGO GOLD said...
on Nov. 25 2009 at 9:25 am
GOlacieGO GOLD, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
11 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift, who will use it up and wring it out and drag it around like a favorite sweater." -SN

Well written.

Nice job.

on Nov. 23 2009 at 3:58 pm
SomeoneElse. BRONZE, Oberlin, Ohio
3 articles 0 photos 1 comment
This was great. It really brought me back to my nostalgic childhood days. The part "...and playing with my sister, the second part of me..." really got to me...that's just how I felt. Great work! You make me want to write a poem, almost as good, about when I was a little kid!

on Nov. 12 2009 at 9:40 pm
lalalauren5919 GOLD, Jacksonville, Florida
11 articles 0 photos 4 comments
nice poem!

im a dancer and a writer too!! :]

on Nov. 12 2009 at 12:59 am
starsonmysleeves SILVER, San Anselmo, California
7 articles 0 photos 20 comments
I love how you used suc classic images of childhood, yet none of them cliche. I especially like the image of you falling out of the grocery cart. well done.

Yoodle15 said...
on Nov. 11 2009 at 10:09 am
Your poem beautifully captures the happiness and nostalgia of childhood, and how it shapes us as adults =)

on Nov. 10 2009 at 9:55 pm
blumarine BRONZE, Fort Worth, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 7 comments
had to do the same in school but urs is very original and imaginative! like it x)

on Nov. 9 2009 at 5:56 pm
CaseyLeigh PLATINUM, Moraga, California
31 articles 6 photos 137 comments

Favorite Quote:
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.

I love this poem, especially the ending! :]

on Nov. 9 2009 at 5:33 pm
RitaChristine BRONZE, Metcalfe, Other
2 articles 0 photos 31 comments
This poem is wonderful! I adore how you included so many important things from your childhood in so few words. I also appreciated your sense of rhythm. The stanzas are not all the same, but it still reads well and flows from line to line. Everyone has something to say about their childhood, and this piece has certainly encouraged many of us to do just that! Isn't poetry just the best way to tell it? :D

angier GOLD said...
on Nov. 4 2009 at 4:41 pm
angier GOLD, Centerville ,Pa, Pennsylvania
12 articles 6 photos 53 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. "

I think this particular one is good because she made it her own !

on Nov. 4 2009 at 12:17 pm
corruptedlullaby GOLD, Milo, Maine
11 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love is when you don't want to go to sleep because reality is finally better than some dream." -Dr. Seuss

Woahhhhhhh! <33 I absolutely LOVED that!

on Oct. 10 2009 at 11:52 am
wordweaver96 PLATINUM, Winchester, Kentucky
37 articles 2 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
" It is not our abilities but our choices that show who we truly are. "
Albus Dumbledore

See, we really DON'T have anything to fear but fear itself!

i just love this. please read my pieces.

on Oct. 10 2009 at 10:36 am
This is amazing. Really makes me nostalgic, thinking about the days that while, we didn't have as much freedom, things were simpler. Keep on writing!

on Sep. 20 2009 at 6:21 pm
WriterDancerLover GOLD, Fontana, California
15 articles 1 photo 25 comments
Haha, Blues Clues is the business!

on Sep. 18 2009 at 2:47 pm
tortor09 BRONZE, Glen, Mississippi
3 articles 0 photos 3 comments
This is wonderful. I feel like watching some Blue's Clues right now.

on Aug. 31 2009 at 12:19 am
wordweaver96 PLATINUM, Winchester, Kentucky
37 articles 2 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
" It is not our abilities but our choices that show who we truly are. "
Albus Dumbledore

See, we really DON'T have anything to fear but fear itself!

this is awesome. it really gets people thinking about where they're from.

Fifi said...
on Aug. 7 2009 at 4:16 pm
That poem is wonderful. It reminds me of the onr I made in 8th grade. Enjoy reading and keep up the great work.

on Aug. 5 2009 at 2:14 pm
Brittany Summey, Bessemer City, North Carolina
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This is spectacular. The way you captured the exact essence of childhood, is mesmerizing.

on Jul. 25 2009 at 3:02 am
GigglyAmbar SILVER, Washington, District Of Columbia
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You expressed the essence of your childhood.

iThink BRONZE said...
on Jun. 1 2009 at 9:12 pm
iThink BRONZE, Fayetteville, Arkansas
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I'm pretty sure that I've done something like this in my creative writing class...