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Where I'm From MAG

February 25, 2009
By Fred Adolphsen BRONZE, Boise, Idaho
Fred Adolphsen BRONZE, Boise, Idaho
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I’m from lemons in a wheelbarrow,
From wind-lashed cheeks.
I am from cactus coolers (yellow and orange that soothe the throat),
I am from the dumpster.
The albino rabbit that lurks,
A crunching sound of gravel and bone.

I am from papayas we picked that morning,
From Cosmo Kramer.
I’m from flying down the road,
From yes.
I’m from sticks and rocks,
From no.

I’m from the bayliner,
From Rupert.
From Good Samaritan, where I learned true
Sorrow and despair.
At the top there is light,
A need to earn trust, a need to impress.

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on Feb. 18 2010 at 5:55 pm
Atasha94 BRONZE, Oakland, California
4 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
ITS NOT HOW LOUD YOU SAY IT BUT WHAT YOU SAY./ Every sinner has a future and every angel has a past

this made my cry it was really good

on Feb. 12 2010 at 2:29 pm
Poet4ever SILVER, Pocatello, Idaho
6 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Guilt by association is guilt nonetheless" CSI: New York

love it. And great job

P.S. rock on Idaho!!!

on Dec. 15 2009 at 7:19 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=]

this is really good. u might want to add a little more voice but the desciptions were awesome!

melina BRONZE said...
on Dec. 14 2009 at 10:03 pm
melina BRONZE, Portland, Oregon
4 articles 1 photo 8 comments
I did a poem like this in school, and i can really tell how much this poem really pertains to yourself. i really like the rawness of the poem. please check out my poems/photo because theyre just posted and i need feedback.

on Dec. 14 2009 at 7:34 pm
Only,I PLATINUM, Taylorville, Illinois
45 articles 17 photos 123 comments

Favorite Quote:
This too shall pass.

Amazing, no lie.

Keep it up.


on Dec. 14 2009 at 3:18 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 awesome. luv this poem. pretty deep :)

on Dec. 11 2009 at 4:51 pm
project827 GOLD, Portage, Michigan
13 articles 1 photo 90 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Real Revolution Starts At Learning, If You're Not Angry, Then You Are Not Paying Attention" - Tim McIlrath

this poem makes me smile. :)

on Nov. 25 2009 at 3:40 pm
Dunkelheitstieg BRONZE, Baldwin, Florida
4 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?,"Leonardo da Vinci.

Hey, what school do you go to cuz my mom tecaches English Honors. Do you go to baldwin?

on Nov. 25 2009 at 3:39 pm
Dunkelheitstieg BRONZE, Baldwin, Florida
4 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?,"Leonardo da Vinci.

Hola, Awesome poem! My mom's english class did poems like these for a class assignment.

on Nov. 5 2009 at 2:53 pm
oddballinthegroup GOLD, Wausau, Wisconsin
18 articles 1 photo 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
pinaple is my favorite vegitable

i was going to write another one of these i love these poems they let you express your self

on Oct. 31 2009 at 3:16 pm
Kryptonite GOLD, College Park, Maryland
10 articles 3 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All my battles have been won but the war has just begun." Band: Hollywood Undead; Song: City Album: Swan Songs

We had to something like this in my creative writing class...Mine sucked because I was hesitant about what I was suppose to say...This is really good

on Oct. 9 2009 at 10:09 am
SickImage SILVER, Klamath Falls, Oregon
9 articles 1 photo 74 comments

Favorite Quote:
The room was very quiet. I walked over to the TV set and turned it onto a dead channel-white noise at maximum decibels, a fine sound for sleeping, a powerful continuous hiss to drown out everything strange."

"From Cosmo Kramer"

LOVE kramer :]

dancerbaby21 said...
on Sep. 22 2009 at 3:37 pm

itt reminds me of the poem Where I'm from by George Ella Lyon yett its really original,

I have to do one of these for my English 1 honors class itt was pretty hard... well Good Job thoughh(:

on Jun. 6 2009 at 4:07 pm
kittykat123 SILVER, Fairmount City, Pennsylvania
8 articles 1 photo 9 comments
very good i luv 2 write poetry!!!! u should read sum of mine!!!!

on Jun. 5 2009 at 8:51 pm
bubblez01234 SILVER, Boise, Idaho
7 articles 0 photos 12 comments
There was so much emotion in your poem I loved it so very much!

on Jun. 4 2009 at 10:23 pm
ClicheBecauseItsTrue PLATINUM, A City, California
29 articles 0 photos 7 comments
ohmygosh lol. my teacher had us do the exact same thing for mothers day. if i can find it I'll post it

on Jun. 1 2009 at 2:15 pm
imperfection GOLD, Gilroy, California
17 articles 9 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Dream as though you'll live forever, live as though you'll die today."
~James Dean (1931-1955), American Motion Picture Actor, symbol of rebellion

I also based my poem on the one by George Ella Lyon. Wanna see it? Copy and paste this link into your browser:


Please read, vote, and leave your comments! Thanks!

on May. 28 2009 at 11:21 pm
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
62 articles 1 photo 881 comments

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

i really liked your piece. it has so much emotion in it! detailed, descriptive, fascinating. keep up the good work!! 5/5

on May. 27 2009 at 4:05 pm
hurting_real_bad SILVER, Conneaut, Ohio
5 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Yes I love him. I love him more than anything else in this world and there is nothing that I would like better than to hold on to him forever. But I know it's not for the best. So no matter how much my heart is going to break, I've got to let him go so he can know just how much I love him. Maybe if I'm lucky, he'll come back, but if not, I can make it through this.”

hbwriter i think its good and i am sure there was a reason the lines are split of the way they are i think it makes sense and goes with the words in the poem it wouldn't be the same if it wasn't like that. I love it soooooo keep up the good job. I can relate

on May. 20 2009 at 5:58 pm
kellyanne:) SILVER, Summerfield, North Carolina
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This poem IS based on a poem by George Ella Lyon, at my school we had to do an assignment that involved changing the poem to make it our own. Did you have to do that too? Anyway, I still like it. : )