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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 May. 18 2009 at 9:28 pm
hbwriter SILVER, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
9 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap!

i liked your poem, but it didn't really relate to me, personally, so i didn't really understand.

i didn't really think you had a reason for dividing up the lines like you did, which is something my writing teacher was talking to us about recently. i suggest you edit it and think about how the way you organize your lines can improve the poem. good job!

on May. 18 2009 at 6:30 pm
alayapoetgirl BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid. -John Wayne

It was simplistic, and thats why I enjoyed it. Although you could have been even more descriptive, I couldn't really picture anything...

on May. 18 2009 at 3:50 pm
Jalisa(: BRONZE, Sayre, Pennsylvania
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
live life with no regrets, and never look back, some of your biggest mistakes, are the happest moments of your life!!.

That is a very great poem!! keep up the good work=D

on May. 16 2009 at 3:38 am
HaleyHidden. BRONZE, Scottsville, Kentucky
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WOW,Amazing i do't know what to say:)

on May. 14 2009 at 11:55 pm
RheaD.Ravenfinger BRONZE, Juneau, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I love this poem. I do. The simplicity but interest of the simple . . . . I don't know what I'm saying except this is an AWESOME poem. I love it.

on May. 8 2009 at 3:24 pm
'ello. Wence upon a time i was about to take me dog out and go do some deer a-huntin.... Me and my brother kyle here, we was hitchhiking down a long and lonesome road...

rr/..22 said...
on May. 8 2009 at 2:45 am
cool im black

on Apr. 15 2009 at 8:44 pm
hey_itskatelyn PLATINUM, Willis, Texas
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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”

This is a very cool poem. I love the flow. I really get an understanding of your life and where u are from. Awesome, keep up the good writing!

Hey guys check out the poem, Heartbroken by Katelyn H.!!!

Its super awesome:)

TheRealMe GOLD said...
on Apr. 13 2009 at 6:34 pm
TheRealMe GOLD, Burlington, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
I know who i am, and i know who i want to be.

i wrote an i am from poem but mine more personal. its about how it was growing up. i think urs is nice. good job

sidygirlrock said...
on Apr. 12 2009 at 11:34 pm
at my school we did the same assignment...yours is good

on Apr. 12 2009 at 8:49 pm
JDKirkland BRONZE, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"Some people never go crazy... what truly horrible lives they must lead..." -Charles Bukowski

this is really nice.

on Apr. 11 2009 at 7:36 pm
Sarah Aalbers SILVER, Boise, Idaho
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I wrote a poem like this as well! I'm also from Boise, maybe it was for the same school assignment???????

on Apr. 9 2009 at 1:58 am
Babybluelove1 SILVER, Clyde, Texas
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jessica m. said...
on Apr. 6 2009 at 4:05 pm
Did you base this on a poem by George Ella Lyon?

Where I'm From

I am from clothespins,

from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.

I am from the dirt under the back porch.

(Black, glistening,

it tasted like beets.)

I am from the forsythia bush

the Dutch elm

whose long-gone limbs I remember

as if they were my own.

I'm from fudge and eyeglasses,

from Imogene and Alafair.

I'm from the know-it-alls

and the pass-it-ons, ...

Silvia BRONZE said...
on Apr. 6 2009 at 3:17 pm
Silvia BRONZE, Galesburg, Illinois
3 articles 18 photos 31 comments
The ending doesn't fit with the rest of the poem's format, but i like it that way. It makes this poem different.

on Apr. 5 2009 at 4:55 pm
WriterDancerLover GOLD, Fontana, California
15 articles 1 photo 25 comments
this poem is just like the one i wrote. =/

on Apr. 4 2009 at 4:26 pm
undaground_poet BRONZE, Raeford, North Carolina
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I wrote 1 too go read my poems

bayarea said...
on Apr. 3 2009 at 9:54 pm
i also liked it as well but everyone is right the ending has its own meaning to it but its supposed to stay on topic.great job though

on Mar. 28 2009 at 8:13 pm
Ben Appleby BRONZE, Bulford, Nr Salisbury, Other
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments
I like this one =)

it's a really good way of describing where you're from.


StarKiller said...
on Mar. 24 2009 at 6:29 pm
That was Cool