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by B&GC Summer Youth
Editor’s Note: We’Ced Youth Media spent the summer conducting weekly writing circles with over two dozen pre-teens at Merced’s Boys and Girls Club’s Summer Camp. For over six weeks the writing circles practiced writing, built relationships and explored identity. As a capstone to the experience, during the last circle the B&GC youth shared of themselves through a poetic writing exercise entitled “I Am From” to create these writing pieces to share with their communities.
I am from football, going to church and eating tamales.
I am from a scooter and a clean yard.
I am from trash outside, a soccer field and a public pool.
I am from my mom, dad, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles.
I am from pizza and popcorn.
I am from houses, a soccer field and a basketball court.
I am from my cousin Victoria, who I can trust. I am from my aunt in Washington, D.C. who I don’t see often.
I am from video games, TV and clothes.
I am from grass, sand and the park.
I am from “Bro!,” “pleeeease?” and “awww.”
I am from tamales, hamburgers and tacos.
I am from stuffed Animaniacs in my room. I am from the adventures my friends and I had with my toys.
I am from water hoses when it was hot outside.
I am from ice cream trucks where kids eat ice cream.
I am from my grandma, she is the funniest person ever.
I am from bacon. I am from brownies.
I am from food, I am from clothes, I am from toys and furniture.
I am from garden, I am from nature, I am from cars outside.
I am from children and adults, I’m from smiles. I’m from the highway.
I’m from my grandfather Roy Joseph Watson. I am from my mother, I am from my brother.
I am from “Rayne!” I am from “babygirl,” I am from “don’t do it again!”
I am from pie on holidays, I am from watermelon. I am from banana pudding.
I am from clothes in my closet, I am from kids running around. I am from bugs all over the floor.
I am from hockey games in the streets.
I am from grandpa JB, grandma Sylvia and grandma Julia.
I am from tamales for christmas.