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by Mia Tsaktsirlis, 2024

I am from a loud chaotic home

From scattered shoes to nerf bullets made of foam

I am from the smells that brighten your mood

My mom in the kitchen cooking good food

I am from the mighty oak known as my dad

Whose long limbs I remember as if they were my own

I’m from swimming in the blue sea and tubing in the sound

From my sister my brother and I just goofing around

I’m from teaching my dog cool tricks

To getting him to fetch some sticks

And from having dance parties all night long

To a super loud crazy song

I’m from advice from my mother

Such as always share and be kind to one another

I’m from early morning Easter egg hunts

And the football everyone punts

I’m from Long Island and Greece

From spinach pie to baklava in a big feast

From my little sister explaining to my family how to make a kite

Who is funny, loving, and bright

I am from all of these things and moments

My personality and who I’ll become

I am proud of who I am and where I’m from