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I Am From

Tommy South

I am from the pages of a book where I often kept my nose

and the forest behind our house under its canopy I found adventure.

From tropical punch Kool-Aid and government cheese.

I am from a small farmhouse.

Busy, loving, purple fingers from shucking beans under the shade tree.

I am from the dandelions that spotted our yard with yellow.

The black walnut trees

whose long limbs I remember as if they were my own.

I am from large family gatherings and regular church attendance.

From Uncle Dale and Aunt Carol.

Playing outdoors and being silly.

From go outside and play and too much candy will rot your teeth

and this little light of mine.

I am from Christmas Eve at grandma’s house.

I am from Northwest Illinois and German, English, and Native American descent.

Venison stew and vegetables from the garden.

From Dad’s firework stand in Alabama next to a restaurant where I ate my first bacon cheeseburger,

an occasional mouthwatering lunch break that was a treat every time.

From handsewn quilts my grandmas made

that still keeps me warm.

Grandpa’s guitars passed down to me

that continue to create music to my ears.

Mom’s love and kindness.

Never-ending and unconditional.

From service to my country and first college graduate in my family,

changing the narrative and trajectory for my family.

I am… from all of this.

Poets returning! Thank you Blake and Clara for these new, welcome poems

I Am From

Blake Sim

I am from a place surrounded by tall buildings

I’m from subway train noises,

Gets really annoying at night, when I’m trying to sleep

But now

I’m from smell of grass, 

Making me feel fresh

I’m from nice and calm bug noises at night

I’m from identical looking dad,

Who people can tell we’re dad and son by just looking at it

I’m from smart mom,

Who always teach me to do right things

I’m from cute little sister,

Who always have positive attitude

I’m from Jun-seok,

My best friend back in Korea, got to know each other by Pokemon

I’m from warm delicious Janchi-guksu

I’m from bulgogi,

Which is preferred by my sister more

I’m from carrot,

My favorite snack

I’m from fried eggs

I’m from A&W burgers

I’m from “clean your room”

I’m from “you’re the weirdest”,

Which is I can absolutely agree on it

I’m from “go outside, and get some fresh air and a sunshine”,

Which is not going to happen easily thanks to my window

Thanks window

Where I’m From

By Clara Neeland

I am from a river

From boxes and trucks

I am from the new smells, pondering a picture:

Up, down, left or right

I am from a weed

That can find a home in many different conditions

I am from love and smiles 

From Allison and Mark

I am from the “you will meet a friend” and “follow your dreams”

From “life is full of adventures” and “learning is success”

I am from  knowledge, knowing I can

I am from the river’s bend, blindly following the path letting the current pull me.

From shiny, silver salmon and spicy eye watering curry, jucy wild blueberries

From the packed canoes and sweaty humans paddling through life

The strength in my thoughts guide me

Together we go with the flow.

Just like a river

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II Am From

MOHAMED AL-YAFEI

I am from a place where people greet each other by saying peace be upon you(السلام عليكمalsalam ealaykum) and you reply saying and peace be upon you( وعليكم السلامwaealaykum alsalam) or whatsup(mambo) and you reply saying cool(pua).

I am from a place where the call for prayer is heard from a mosque.

I am from a place where I eat Samosa,Mandi,Biryani,Pilau(UK spelling) or Pilaf(Us spelling), mishkaki and Rambutan with my family.

I am from a place that used to be my home.

I am from a place that I used to live with my cousins, my grandfather(father’s side) and my grandmother(father’s side),who actually passed away 5 years ago,.

I am from a place where the colour green coming from the vegetation,blue coming from the indian ocean and the lakes,rivers and bays and yellow coming from the colour of the ground prevails.

I am from a place where it’s tropical, where it’s hot and most of the year is hot but is cooler in june but the hottest in january and where you can find coconuts,Pineapples and palm trees.

I am from the place where my parents came after living in Sana’a, Yemen for 17 years.

I am from a place where one of its cities is an arabic name Dar es Salaam(دار السلام) meaning harbor of peace.

I am from a place with memories I had when I was younger.

I am from a place I used to play with my friends when I was younger.

I am from a place where I played with my bike and video games.

I am from a place where I used to have cats.

I am from a place where I wasn’t allergic to cats.

I am from a place where I wasn’t allowed to use calculators for math.