If I said I was from a place that no longer exists,
a place that gave existence to so many
who still do and still don’t,
would you know where I’m from?

Where I’m from,
I’m shaken and waken at 6:00 in the morning,
I say “i’m awake, I’m awake,”
only to retrieve to the sanctuary of my soft bed.

Where I’m from,
I’m kicked out the door at a quarter to eight,
cuz I’m late to the education they call so great.
Can I just have another sip of coffee?

Where I’m from,
I rock back on fourth on the nasty subway cart,
counting the minutes until first period starts.
Hoping and pleading,
not to be late,
if I am, god knows, I’ll be burned to the stake.

Where I’m from,
I sit in my chair,
biting my nails,
watching the clock,
“you are choosing to fail!”

Where I’m from,
A man breaks his back just to get through the day,
And he’ll try and he’ll try,
But he can’t get away

Where I’m from,
when the day finally ends,
and I’m done with this bullshit,
I can finally see my friends.
Or practice with my band.
Or go home and watch TV.
Or play guitar.
I get tired and go to sleep.
And then the whole thing starts over.


CC BY-SA 4.0 This is Where I’m From (or so I think) by Stephen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Amani 8 months ago

    Wow, this is a great poem! Not only is it well written and structured, but it is something that many teenagers can relate to. Your description of how you feel going to school everyday is something that many of us feel. I appreciate your honestly in your poem. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Wendy 9 months ago

    Dear Stephen,
    I am amazed by your poem because it describes a regular day for teens. One way is when you described how most teens feel when we go to school. I like the way you described this process with a lot of detail and i look forward to reading more of your poems.

  3. Oliver 9 months ago

    I am interested by your life Stephen the duck. You seem to be very unique and I personally was impacted inside by your poem. Good job brother :]

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