I Am From
by Carrie A. Wright
I am from a kaleidoscope of childhood experiences,
From rural communities to ocean shores,
I am from a tornado of teen trials,
Misguided and lost and alone.
I am from a myriad of choices, good and bad,
Opening my eyes and enriching my soul.
I am from a strong desire searching for change,
Overcoming fear to take a jump in another direction.
I am from a world of isolation to conquering,
Determined to work my way out of my cocoon of protection to survive.
I am from a change to positive pathways,
Guiding future generations to bloom into beautiful colors.
I am from a world of butterflies now born from my cocoon,
With their eyes wide open, souls enriched, and wings spread wide.
I am from this metamorphosis of change,
Still discovering, enhancing, and expanding my wings.
Future ESL Teacher
I am from
by Eskil Williams Oerberg
I am from the apartment in the middle of the street
With the never-ending noise always offbeat
From drawing on the wall
and throwing with legos
From practicing math
and reading science
From crying in my bed, that was not just pretend
When I thought the world was coming to an end
From reading in the depth of night
and “watching the blood moon tonight”
I am from the family Christmas
With the never-ending food that wasn’t nutritious
From the finishing my plate
With my mother’s carrot cake
From my dad’s lasagna
and the miracles shakes
From getting teased for looking like a girl
To being called a nerd
From flipping a bottle with many retakes
To from playing soccer in breaks
I am from playing chess with high stakes
and from being scared of snakes