I am from the West Coast
I am from the sandy warm beaches in California
From the beautiful sunsets
I am from the sweet taste of vanilla bean frappuccino from Starbucks
I am from loud Mexican music blasting every Saturday morning
I am from a broken home
From a place that hasn’t felt like home in a while
I am from heartbreak
From feeling like I had everything
To feeling like I had nothing left
I am from healing
From working towards becoming a better person
From changing my ways
I am from feeling like the world might be ending
From feeling like there is nothing left to keep fighting for
I am from not losing hope even after all the chaos
From starting over the next day
I am from anger
From not letting things go
From keeping grudges
I am from an independent woman
From a woman who wanted to save herself
From a woman who wanted her kids to have a better life
From a woman who sacrificed it all to start over
From a woman who wanted to better herself
I am from 

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September 30, 2019 12:40 pm

Dear America,

I really love how you were able to write about your life and your family while making such a profound poem. I especially like the end where you are writing about, who I assume is your mother. You made it so much more emotional by speaking about how she did and sacrificed everything to make her children’s life better. I hope you continue to write poetry, you have an amazing gift!

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