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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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Annabelle294 said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm
I love the way you juxtaposed the whole scenario and made it into one captivating poem.
windywillow said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm
I can relate to this poem. It is both sad and good. Keep writing
endend1210 said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm
5 stars. So sad, but a great piece; keep writing!
Ddog said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 7:13 am
Amazing!! I give it 5 stars. Keep writing:)
Eke0505 said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 4:04 am
Really sweet, and it was interesting to see this perspective. Although I'm not usually a fan of poetry as much as stories or novels, I really liked this :) great job! 5/5
swcricket98 said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 3:27 am

Honestly, I think the mother probably feels worse that she was hiding the whole thing from her. That she was lying.

But anyways, that was very well written. 4.5/5

RainingTears said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm
Your amazing author. And I hope all is well for your friend and her mother now
mgraves This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm
Lighten up, everyone. Children grow up and parents know that. I'm sure this poem is a very apt description of how the mother felt, but frankly these comments are a little damatic.
Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm
agreeed. this is a well done poem with crisp imagery that provokes emotion, but saying it is sad defeats the purpose. everyone has done things behind their parents backs, so this really not all that different
dreamscapes replied...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm
i also agree also its been going on for centuries in the time of shakespear it was common for 13 year old girls to have babies, and truthfully, why is it really that big of a deal, it's there choice and one that others shouldn't make for them, but i do respect your opinion and your writing is beautiful
Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm
i was thinking if anything, the mom should be ecstatic whe found birth control pills instead of a prgnancy test
K.M.S.Shear said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm
I see your points. It is sad for the mother.The teen has to make her own chioces that will bring consequences. The mother is the sad part but I belive its her life and she can do what she wants. I'm saying what she did is wrong because it is. I'm looking at the teens point of view when i wrote it sad yet isnt.
can_you_keep_a_secret said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

5 stars.

You really related. I loved it.

brianna11396 said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm
that was an amazing poem it really is wonderful
WeAllBurn said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

i know this sounds clich'e but this was a very deep poem.

loved it (:

fanleto said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm
i loved your poem. its very touching. keep on writing peoms like this. all the best. god bless you.
WaterGirl23 said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm
i think all teens having se.x behind their parents back should read this poem. most teens don't realize the effect it has on their parents. this is the very main reason why me & boyfriend are waiting to have se.x
spencyThis 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. 7, 2011 at 11:49 am
this is actually good...rated u 5/5...visit me plzz and comment
K.M.S.Shear said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 7:28 am
its kind of sad and yet it isnt
The~Watcher replied...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 11:53 am
No, very sad. Teens who start having se.x almost never realize that there are consequences- and not just for them. This poem is very well written- I feel so sorry for that mother.
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