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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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BlueInk94 said...
May 10, 2010 at 8:44 am:
This is amazing! its sad and sweet and subtle all together. i was SO moved!
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 10, 2010 at 11:20 am :
Thanks very much!
 
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A_Dreamer said...
Apr. 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm:

I like the story in the poem. :)

You're SUCH a good writer!

 
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xBaByGiRrL22xThis 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...
Apr. 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm:
u r an amazzzing writer. i dont evn kno wht 2 say bout this lol. i luv it. plain & simple ;)). it carries alot of emotion. gr88 job!!
 
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Pillow said...
Apr. 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm:
Great Job. I wish I could put it into words how to describe how much I liked this poem. It sounds korny but it's true.  
 
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Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm:
oh my goodness, this is incredible!!!
 
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jessicaconner said...
Apr. 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm:
this took me on a journey. this is great
 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm :
Thank you so much.
 
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--ramrams said...
Apr. 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm:

It's beautiful ,

makes me want to cry . (:

Great job .

 
ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm :
Thank you!
 
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Jilybeanrb This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm:
It's beautiful. Really. You captured it well. And I hope you're doing well :)
 
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Crying_Tears said...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm:
It makes me sad :(
but i like it nonetheless.
 
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Kelly H. said...
Feb. 5, 2010 at 4:32 pm:
Whoa....that was awesome...I especially like the last two lines!! Brilliant
 
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LostJacket This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm:
wow i like it. :D
 
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life_of_a_leaf said...
Jan. 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm:
i love how you put in parts of growing up in your poem and how everyone changes over time. it was a sweet poem about the relationship between a mother and her child.
 
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despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm:
This is so so so so beautiful, my favorite of yours so far! It's just, well it's just amazing and I am at a loss for words. I tagged it as a fave and gave it 5 stars! Great work and so so sooo worthy of its publication.
 
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awesomeaugust This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm:
Wow! I'm so flatterted that you liked my poem, coming from such a wonderful poet. This is really beautiful and I loved how you foreshadowed in the fist stanza. Brilliant.
 
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sN()mAan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 12:19 am:
The construction of this one is simply superb! The way you built it up, of how you were hiding yourself from your mother, in a way scared, and finally your mother accepting you... brilliant!
In a way this piece is a mirror of the stark differences of the two halves of the world... if a person is caught drinking... no matter the age... retribution is very very severe. In a way, this shows how two people can look at the same thing with quite a different perspective. And you have captured the... (more »)
 
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calephchad said...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm:
This poem makes me wanna' cry. The details in this poem are so good. I love how you kinda' hinted the conclusion and brought all the pieces together from the previous stanzas. This is truely amazing. You're a great poet. I love your work so much. Keep writing!
 
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NascentNovelist This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 18, 2009 at 1:31 am:
The ending to this one seemed to pull the whole thing together. It was a powerful combination of words and events. Thank you for sharing.
 
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