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Angela


That pale little hand being led to the bedroom
Those corduroy jeans being tossed to the floor
That innocent smile as he leans in to kiss her
The green of her eyes as they lay down for more
The very same eyes I caught reading Harry Potter past their bedtime.

Those bouncy red curls flattened against the bedspread
Twisted and tangled and coated in gel
Those delicate hands exploring his body
Those tiny girl’s hands, that I knew so well
The very same that shook me awake year after year on Christmas morning.

What happened to the little princess?
The cross country runner?
The sweet baby girl?

The science fair champion:
Arching her back and closing her eyes
gasping and panting and
pulling him closer
To the body I held in the hospital.

The clumsy ballerina:
Being rocked back and forth
Going limp with pleasure
Sighing satisfied
With the voice that asked me for a later bed time.

My rosy cheeked child who loved musical theatre
and wore purple sweaters
is gone.




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shadowriderThis 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...
Sept. 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm:
This was incredible! You made this so powerful, and well written it takes my breath away! I salute you. The message and feeling in this was fantastic! I loved it! Description and word choice were wonderful!
 
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Gwendolyn S. said...
Sept. 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm:
that was awsome!!! i loved it
 
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marissa87 said...
Sept. 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm:
woooooowwww!!!!!! that is amazing!!!! you did an amazing job! i would love to get an opinion from you on my work if you get a chance!!!! thanks really really good job!!!!!!!!!!1
 
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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...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm:
WOAH. this was very powerful. you did an amazing job catching the mother's perspective. The descriptions I thought were just phenomenal. 5 stars(:
 
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singingdetective said...
Aug. 24, 2011 at 11:54 am:
This is really eye-opening. GREAT job on capturing the view-point of a mother. LOVE IT-- 5 stars all the way! :)
 
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BuzzGirl98 said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm:
ooooh that gave me chills
 
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Alyse This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm:
Wonderful! It was really really good. You have a real talent
 
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EyesofBlueFire said...
Aug. 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm:
This is beautiful. It's something every mother is going to face, no matter what time frame. I think it was worded beautifully.
 
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savetheplanet said...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm:
That's so sad, and so very true.  You have to let them go at some point, but how you part can never be taken back, cannot be redone.  What do you leave the person who you're parting with behind?  Will it cause them happiness or pain?  Unfortunately for 'Angela', she was left with pain.
 
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savetheplanet said...
Aug. 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm:
That's so sad and yet so very true.  You have to let go at some point but how you part can never be taken back, can never be redone.  What do you leave that person you're parting with behind?  Will it cause them happiness, or pain?  Unfortunately for 'Angela', she was left with pain.
 
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ClaireEloise said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm:

Wow. That was amazing. 

Read my poems?

 

 
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emilybwrites said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm:
wow this was really moving great imagery! please check out my poem "Forgotten Domain" and please comment i would like feedback from fellow writers. thanks!
 
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angel17 said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm:

Wow. really great poem!!!

 

 
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kaykaybeck said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm:
Wow this is seriously amazing I love it amazing job!
 
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Rahbekka123 said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm:
Wow, this is really sad but amazing nonetheless. Great job!
 
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LetsPretend said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm:

Wow your words just flow... left me speechless =o

Can you please check out my poem to the last pedal?

 
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Regs_the_Shorty said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 10:42 am:
You did an amazying job with this poem. I liked how you wrote it and I liked the comparision as well.
 
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-daydreamer- said...
Aug. 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm:
This is really beautiful, you did a wonderful job of describing her emotions. I'm not a mother, but the way you wrote it really made me feel everything that was going on in her mind.
 
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writer015 said...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm:
This is awesome! But what exactly is in the picture???
 
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Laura_Oliver said...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm:
This is really amazing. I'm not old enough yet to hear of friends doing that, so this is kind of a warning to me. Message received. Plus I would really appreciate if you could check out my other poems and leave some feedback.
 
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