I am from Acer, from Bounty and Logitech.

I am from the jungle gym in the park a few streets away.

I am from Chinese restaurants, halal food stands, and the subway.

from Hey! and Shush!

from jokesters, and hand me downs,

rice and noodles and chicken and duck.

I’m from Buddhism 

and crystals for good luck.

I am from my dad and mom,

From my parents working at my age, telling me how I should work harder.

On my computer is a box showing old photos of

people I don’t see anymore,

Like my past showing me the good times again.

I am from running up a mountain

to achieve goals and expectations.

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August 29, 2021 8:25 pm

Dear Douglas: 

I am moved by your poem “Running Up A Mountain” because of the similarities we both share. I too have parents who put me in a position to become successful. My parents as well as yours understand what hard work really means and why we should take advantage of the opportunities presented to us. 

One sentence that stands out to me is: “I am from running up a mountain to achieve goals and expectations.” I think this is motivational because it shows that you want to become better and I do my best in surrounding myself with people with the same motives. I too am always striving to become a better version of myself. 

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of the similarities we share. I would also like for you to share a long-term goal of yours. 

Chris Aguila

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