I Am From

I am from food that tastes like heaven. From
family that is far away. I am from quiet streets.
From Prince Pizza. I am from English turned
Spanish. I am from constant fighting. From fear of
my family breaking up. I am from fake friends &
no ends. I am from two sisters I can count on
in life. I am from a father I barely knew.
From a mother who drank her life away, but doesn’t
anymore. I am from two years of my life, sleeping
with a mask so I won’t slip into an eternal

Kayla Rodriguez is 14 and in the 8th grade at Feltonville Arts and Sciences in North Philly. Her favorite subject is Science, and she likes to sleep in her free time.