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I've been falling a lot lately
And no, I don't mean literally
Mama told me she noticed changes in me
How I cut my hair
How it seems like nothing interests me
I force out the best smile I can
To convince her that I'm okay
Even though my world is sundering
“I'm just not into that stuff anymore, Mama”
She looks at me pleading for the truth
I want to tell her, but I restrain.
“Really, Mom.” And smiles again.

I've been getting into trouble lately
This time I mean literally
Mama told me I'm not the same anymore
Not sweet and innocent
Not pure and saintly
I flash my best confused face
As if I don't know what she means
Even though the truth could be seen through her eyes
“I thought I was being myself, Mom”
She looks at me with disappointment in her eyes
Crossing her arms waiting for an answer.
I want to tell her everything, but I restrain.
“I don't know, Mom” And turn away.

I've been wasted a lot lately
And I do mean that literally
Mama caught me in her arms last night
When I fell backwards on the stairs
She put her nose to my mouth
She smelled the alcohol
And instantly sat me up to look her directly in the eyes
I could see the tears welling up in her eyes
And before I could restrain, everything came pouring out
She looked at me with fear and concern
Telling me everything was going to be okay
She cradled me in her arms on the floor
And she watched me cry like I never did before

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cate00This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 7, 2013 at 3:27 am:
I'm not saying this in looking for a reply or in a compliment as everyone else. That was indescribable. Thatis plain fact. I cried at the end. Thank you. Really, I thank you.
 
cate00This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jul. 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm :
Will you look at mine?
 
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camille_1441 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm:
This was such a beautiful piece and so emotionally provoking. You're extremely talented
 
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TouchOfARose said...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm:
This is absolutely beautiful...to be honest I sort of teared up on the last stanza. ^_^ This was excellently written, and amazingly well put together. kudos, btw, for making it to the magazine! (:
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 13, 2011 at 7:45 am :
awww thank you so much
 
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Amnoona said...
Oct. 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm:
Such a strong poem, so well worded and brilliantly put. Amazing work, welldone!
 
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GangstaEyes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm:
This gives me chills. Your wording is perfect and relatable - definitely keep writing, you've got serious talent!!
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm :

whoa.  thats awesome!

tee hee.

thanks dear! i will most definitely keep writing...you do the same!

 
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sunrise_faerie said...
Aug. 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm:
this is amazing :D
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm :
thanks dear.! :D
 
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Marlyre said...
Aug. 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm:
wow... caged is such an interesting title for this, read some mine?
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm :

Thanks.

Well I would, but you don't have a link to your name.

 
Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm :
oops, sry my computer probably spazzed out...
 
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xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm:
This is amazing! Keep up the good work =]
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 1:09 am :
thank you. 
 
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never_let_u_goThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 2, 2010 at 7:44 am:
i love this. this is quite amazing in the least. wow. just wow.
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm :
Thanks so much!
 
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revolutionary said...
May 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm:

it takes a gret amount of courage to to put a poem like this out there, if it were true. but whther its fiction or not, it is an amazing collection of words

 

well done

 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm :
It's not fictional, but then again its nt about me. I feel this way sometimes, but I see it all too often. Thank you for commenting! I appreciate it so much.
 
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mysterywriter2012 said...
May 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm:
this poem made me cry. Excellent!! It evokes emotions out of you, that sometimes you keep hidden
 
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