by Alex L., Age 12 , Grade 7, South East Junior High, Iowa City, IOWA USA
Teacher: Mr. Keller-Wilson
I am from IOWA.
I am from long summer days. Eating hot steaming Pho,
And walking and wandering down dusty roads, spiky plants leaving red marks on my legs.
From big red bug bites left irritated.
I am from swimming in smelly pools filled with chlorine, and drinking chilly ice water.
From shimmery sparklers on the 4th of July.
I am from MY HOUSE.
I am from pastel blue walls, a little bumpy.
And seeing my little neon green fish near my front door everyday.
I am from stained and faded grey carpet.
And I am from my creaky bed that creaks high pitched.
I am from MY GRANDMA’S HOUSE.
From the shiny dark brown wood floors.
I am from the paintings in my Grandma’s house and the fuzzy rug.
From the white textured walls all over the houses to the cool downstairs.
I am from SOUTH EAST.
I am from the red and white inside, and the bright smartboards.
From the hot classrooms and the blaring bell at the end of every period.
I am from the huge windows the bright sun shining.