I am from butterflies roaming the air,

from broken bikes and flooded streets.

I am from rice that sticks to my face,

and computers that runs my games.

I am from wheats,

whose bodies are always swaying.

I am from dusty slides and broken swings,

from eggplants and geckos on walls laying.

I am from kindness and forgiveness,

and from moving to different places,

from leaving without any trace.

I am from spending countless hours with cousins.

I am from my grandfather and grandmother,

from rice and noodles,

from the Khmer Rouge,

and from barely surviving gunshots and bombs.

Running around, playing with cousins.

I am from those moments.

Moving to places, and leaving no traces.


CC BY-SA 4.0 Where I’m From by Chea is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Mattie 1 year ago

    Chea, your poem was amazing. I liked the line about kindness and forgiveness because I agree that both are important parts of growing up. You did a great job of telling your story and describing the moments and hardships that made you who you are. I’m excited to hear more from you in the future.

  2. Hannah 1 year ago

    Hi Chea, I like your poem. I feel like this poem is pessimistic and stanch. I am wondering what inspired you to write this poem/choose the meaning. As a suggestion, this poem can relate to oneself at the end so readers can better get the meaning of this poem. Thank you for your poem!

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