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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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Maverick said...
on Sep. 13 2011 at 7:06 pm
hey guys so 1 thing i am mostly a writer so let me know if help is wanted & 2 I am also doing a "i am from" poem for my school.

RandomRanda said...
on Sep. 12 2011 at 6:07 pm
i like this poem! i did on of these in school and it got me into writing

on Aug. 31 2011 at 10:55 am
StarDayDreamer, Carrollton, Texas
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I love the random facts! :D

on Aug. 23 2011 at 4:12 pm
sasssgirrrl22 PLATINUM, Pearl River, New York
27 articles 0 photos 266 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Giving up is not a part of my vocabulary."
"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
"Truth be told I miss ya, truth be told I'm lying."

this is so amazing. i love all of it, and can relate to so much. the last few lines are my favorite though. its very powerful. plz keep writing!

on Aug. 6 2011 at 7:22 pm
WriterDancerLover GOLD, Fontana, California
15 articles 1 photo 25 comments
Thanks for commenting. I read them all and thank you for the feedback!

BlueFoot GOLD said...
on Aug. 5 2011 at 3:32 pm
BlueFoot GOLD, Reston, Virginia
18 articles 0 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life passes most people by while they're making grand plans for it,"

freaking amazing. You'll never see this due to the massive influx of comments you have gotten. but. this reminds me of my 90's childhood intensely

on Jul. 10 2011 at 1:30 pm
ElleNicole BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
2 articles 0 photos 107 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."

Really good. Check out my work?

on Jun. 4 2011 at 8:27 pm
starstruk87b GOLD, Delaware, Ohio
10 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You're friends with everyone until you're not."

dude this is great. i did all these things when i was a kid too. hmm very nostalgic feeling there. props

on Jun. 1 2011 at 12:20 pm
DallasCox SILVER, Wallingford, Kentucky
9 articles 0 photos 5 comments

I absolutely love this. The descriptions of childhood are things we can all relate to. And the transition from youth and happiness to adolescence and trials is so abrupt, that it really captures the speed of growing up.

I love this.

on May. 31 2011 at 5:31 pm
WynterPage95 ELITE, Monticello, Arkansas
164 articles 8 photos 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's better to burn out than to fade away..." -Kurt Cobain

if you haven't already, you should totally put it up on here.

ChelseaSmith said...
on May. 27 2011 at 8:06 pm
ChelseaSmith, Levant, Maine
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I just had to do an I am From poem for school! My teacher started crying when I read mine! Hha <3

on May. 26 2011 at 1:33 am
WriterDancerLover GOLD, Fontana, California
15 articles 1 photo 25 comments
Oops. I meant "event".

on May. 26 2011 at 1:32 am
WriterDancerLover GOLD, Fontana, California
15 articles 1 photo 25 comments
I'm sorry it took me so long to answer. I didn't see this. I'm sorry, but I'm going to keep my first name to myself. Thank you for your interest, but there are many other authors who deserve to be read more than I do. Sorry if your even passed before I got back to you.

MIKEY123 said...
on May. 9 2011 at 8:54 am



miky123 said...
on May. 9 2011 at 8:49 am

I think that was amazing

on May. 5 2011 at 10:53 am
June_Survive SILVER, Kirbyville, Texas
5 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” -Jamie Paolinetti

"In the end, everything will be okay. If everything is not okay, it's not the end."

I did an English assignment written in this form; I should post it haha. I like yours :D

on Apr. 13 2011 at 6:01 pm
carilloony GOLD, Sterling, Virginia
12 articles 2 photos 94 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To love another person is to see the face of God."

Awesome work!! :)

on Mar. 23 2011 at 12:07 am
I.believe BRONZE, Unalakleet, Alaska
1 article 0 photos 6 comments
I love this poem!! It's beautiful and full of meaning, showing us that we come from what has happened to us in our life.  I don't know what else to say, it's just so pretty and, wow!!

Hotaru said...
on Mar. 22 2011 at 6:39 pm
This was a great poem. Your writing showed me clear images for each word I read. It was surprising how you captured so many important aspects of life in such a short amount of space. You have really good writing abilities, and your words create amazing imagery. I am personally not very good at writing even though I wish I could be but you have some serious talent. (I should know, I read so many books!)

daniec SILVER said...
on Feb. 28 2011 at 8:10 am
daniec SILVER, Jacksonville, Florida
6 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dancing faces you towards heaven which ever way you turn. Dance for Christ because you can...

really great well written