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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 Jun. 1 2009 at 12:44 am
RainbowDark BRONZE, Brockton, Massachusetts
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this is good. But my least favorite part which i thought was funny (in a good way) is running home to watch Pokemon :) i liked pokemon too and i just think this is a reeeealllly great poem

JasmineG. GOLD said...
on May. 31 2009 at 10:03 pm
JasmineG. GOLD, Lawrence, Massachusetts
11 articles 1 photo 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We're in the present not the future. The only thing we can do now is listen to our hearts and pay for it later with the satisfaction of knowing we did something actually worthwhile." -Jasmine Garver

you are a really good writer. =] It actually reminds me of my childhood. Thanks for the memories..

on May. 23 2009 at 1:25 pm
bookhugger14 SILVER, Delta, Ohio
7 articles 1 photo 32 comments
this poem was extremely good

on May. 20 2009 at 2:35 am
Hayden Bunker, Brattleboro, Vermont
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I appreciate the effort that ostensibly smelted this poem. However, I must say that I agree with S.t.S.'s comment: This poetic format/exercise is utilized in nearly every writing class across the country. Which isn't surprising: the "Where I'm From" style allows for a more 'raw' feeling, and easier emotional discourse via a sense of creative rhetoric-- but it is the farthest thing from original. Your writing could be infinitely more powerful if your style delved more into the realms of inventiveness and originality.

hope4you said...
on May. 19 2009 at 1:11 pm
hope4you, Williamston, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:

Childhood memories are the ones we remember the most.

Nice piece. You speak to the writer, on a deeper level.

- Tara

nikkibuzz21 said...
on May. 13 2009 at 9:55 pm
o we had to do an I am From poem at school too

on May. 1 2009 at 6:02 pm
-xlimitless239x- GOLD, Vanceboro, North Carolina
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don't worry about what S.t.S. said. your poem is great.

very deep. you must have an amazing memory. keep them coming.

Roisin GOLD said...
on Apr. 27 2009 at 12:37 am
Roisin GOLD, Peabody, Massachusetts
10 articles 5 photos 28 comments
I truly admire this poem. Mainly because I can tell that it is not something you just made up out of random thought, that it is something that you have lived through, and something that you have expirienced. Nice work! :D

on Apr. 26 2009 at 10:55 pm
KaylaKissesAlways BRONZE, Henderson, Nevada
3 articles 3 photos 14 comments
I like this poem! It reminds me of so many things! It makes me laugh and smile about all the silly things that everyone goes through but not many people want to admit!

on Apr. 25 2009 at 4:23 am
FreakyEyed DIAMOND, Juneau, Alaska
53 articles 29 photos 111 comments

Favorite Quote:
"This, too, will pass."

Good, but over-done. This exercise is used in almost every writing class in the U.S.A., and nearly every teen poet has done this. However, I must say that it IS well-formatted, and entertaining, albeit repetitive.

on Apr. 24 2009 at 5:29 pm
Dead-eyed-Author SILVER, London, Other
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That was a raw emotional rollercoaster! THANKS!

on Apr. 22 2009 at 12:47 am
Ineedthesuntorise BRONZE, Maple Grove, Minnesota
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This is an absolutely excellent poem!!! I think it is truly good-great structure, great words, great language. It makes me think about my childhood. Keep up the fantastic work!! :)


on Apr. 21 2009 at 8:29 pm
hey_itskatelyn PLATINUM, Willis, Texas
21 articles 0 photos 217 comments

Favorite Quote:
“God, of your goodness, give me yourself; you are enough for me, and anything less that I could ask for would not do you full honour. And if I ask anything that is less, I shall always lack something, but in you alone I have everything”

Very awesome. Keep it up:)

Wanna read another great poem?

Advance search: iLove by Katelyn H

Ash-bo said...
on Apr. 20 2009 at 10:46 pm
I can tell you work hard, and do this often, giving each piece originallity. Great imagery

nicmoo SILVER said...
on Apr. 20 2009 at 8:31 pm
nicmoo SILVER, Florence, Kentucky
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really good. This is something that everyone can relate to. The roots of what we are. Kudos :)

on Apr. 8 2009 at 1:44 am
WriterDancerLover GOLD, Fontana, California
15 articles 1 photo 25 comments
Hey, CutiePie. I wouldn't be criticizing a poem if I spell "the" like "da." I'm just saying~ You get the point.

DoLL_F@C3 said...
on Apr. 7 2009 at 8:19 pm
DoLL_F@C3, Memphis, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:


Alik_=) SILVER said...
on Apr. 7 2009 at 8:04 pm
Alik_=) SILVER, Rochester, Illinois
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The poem was really good! Its a poem that definitely relates to everyone, I myself was brought back to my little kid memories, from the day I dropped a watermelon down the stairs to the day I walked out of elementary school. However, word flow is key to a good poem, there were a few sticky spots for me, not that I don't need to work on it too. ;)

on Apr. 5 2009 at 1:50 am
CreativeEmptiness SILVER, East Boston, Massachusetts
5 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
You Live To Die..

I loved your poem it rocks:)

dancer_95 said...
on Apr. 5 2009 at 1:15 am
This poem was extremely well written. I can practically feel the sticky linolium floors. I encourage you to keep writing!