I was there the day my mother had her last child

That was the day I was born.

I was there the day the sun shone on the mountains

And their icy tips gleamed above the clouds.

I was there the day we moved from Alaska

Staring out at the sea of shining cars through the airport window

I remember my first thought.

"Where's home?"

I was there the day the ball dropped on the new millennium

And I just couldn't stay awake.

I was there the day my father showed me his MST3k tapes

And we watched them all.

I didn't get some of the jokes, but I laughed along anyway.

I was there the day the towers went up in smoke

And everyone was scared

But I was the one who cried.

I was there when I went to school for the first time

And I made a friend on the playground

And we played leapfrog.

I was there the day we moved again

I'd never heard of the town before.

I was there the time that all those farmers' sons and daughters looked me in the eye

And I knew this wasn't going to be good.

I was there when I made another friend

We went to her house and played on the trampoline all day

Even though it was winter.

I was there the day I made my second friend

It was Halloween, and she was a lion

I wanted to be the grim reaper, but I was a cat instead.

I was there the day her mother decided she didn't like me

Her name was Marie. She didn't like my mother either.

I was there the day my sister's friend left her manga at my house

And I was launched into obsession.

I was there when the huge brown box came

And we lost ourselves in the amazing adventures of Inuyasha

Even if just for a little while.

I was there when my mom said she signed me up for taiko

And I had no idea what that was.

I was there when I hit the drum for the first time

It sent a surge through me

Once I learned how to play, I felt truly powerful.

I was there I don't remember when

My sister's other friend became my friend too.

I was there the recess when my best friend let me down

And I didn't show it, but my heart was broken.

I was there when I dreamt about love

And found some differences

And I was scared to death

But I didn't show that either.

I was there the day I read Loveless

And it completely blew my mind.

I was there when I saw Star Wars the first time

And I cried when Qui Gon Jinn died.

He was my favorite character.

I was there the last time my great-grandmother went outside

I just didn't know it when I walked alongside her wheelchair that time.

I was there when my teacher took my book away

because it was called "Middlesex".

I was there the summer my parents freed me from this school

And that fall I went to a new one.

I was there when I got an A+++ on a poem I wrote

It was called "The Trial of the Moth".

The day I brought it home, I finished reading Watchmen.

I was there that same day when we drove to the animal shelter

And met Tarzan and Freckles

I renamed Tarzan "Rorschach".

I was there the day I said goodbye to my old friends

And made new ones.

I was there the day I went to my first home-school group.

I found some other Pokémon fans

And we played and traded until everyone went home.

I was there the time I went to see the Watchmen movie

I smuggled a donut in in my hat.

I was there when I moved up a level in taiko

And I knew I would miss Jen-sensei.

I was there when Michael Jackson died

And the whole world watched his funeral on TV

Because he was so famous, they couldn't really be there.

(Kenny Ortega probably would have sold tickets to it if he could have.)

I was there when I got my Last Alliance CD

It was "Me and Your Borderline".

I sat there with my head in the clouds, the music coursing through my veins

And I hung on every single word.

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This is an autobiographical poem, of sorts. As with most poems I write, I have no idea where this comes from. Apollo must like me.