I am from the wood table, from the living room furniture.

I am from the nerf guns and skateboards and drawing


I am from the cement roads, from the city skyscrapers.

I am from Evan and Susan. I am from the political arguments

And the complaining.

I am from Barney Greengrass on the corner and

West. I am from the rock and roll stories of my dad. I am from

I am from a welcoming family in a loud and not so welcoming


CC BY-SA 4.0 Welcomed in a Not So Welcoming City by Zachary is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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  1. Katie 2 years ago

    I like how your writing flows, you included both the city aspect and the home aspect. This was a great piece of writing

  2. Dinakar 2 years ago

    I love how this poem flows and explains your background. It really gives u a good feeling and makes you happy. Keep going! This is a great start to poetry. Great job

  3. Jason 2 years ago

    I really like how you took everything in your life and put it into this poem it reminds me of some things that I did when I was younger. The way you ended this is very powerful. The whole none welcoming city hits me hard and really grabs my attention. Very nice work.

  4. Sejal 2 years ago

    I really like like the way you’ve written this. It’s projects like these that really make you think about what’s important in life. I think your adaptation of George Ella Lyon’s poem is really well done and thoughtful.

  5. Allie 2 years ago

    So cool how you described aspects of your childhood while describing how where you’re from shaped you. Also I can totally relate to the political arguments.

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