March 9, 2011
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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Jenevieve said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 10:14 am
This is beautiful. You really made me feel what a mother who find out her teen girl is sexually active probably feels like. I'd love to see more of your work!! :]
LoudDreamer replied...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Beautiful? I wouln't say that. It made it seem very......disturbing. Wrong on so many levels. You assume automatically that she is a teen or adult....... but at the same time because of all the imagery you cant help but thinking the way as the mother........ It makes something so trivialized by our society seem once again frightening......... still, five stars.
Jenevieve replied...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 8:45 am
when I said beautiful I just ment it was a beautiful piece of work...
LoudDreamer replied...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm
well, that I can agree with.
Afra- said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 8:10 am
Oh my gosh, that actually made me tear. You can just imagine what the mother was feeling, it's so unbeleivable how wonderfully youc aught the mother's emotions. =(
JoshMac said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Gorgeous. I keep coming across so many great poems here, and I'm moved with every new one. Thanks for being a part of that. I hope maybe some day I can join you in providing that feeling. In the meantime, this was wonderful.
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 22, 2011 at 10:48 am
This is good, and as a teenage girl I can relate to watching people that I grew up with turn into new entities entirely. I think lots of people can. If anyone has time, could they please check out my work?
Rainbow_Monkey said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm
Oh my gosh.
I read this a few hours ago and still have goosebumps. I've forwarded it to all my friends.
LarztheSquirrel said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Wow amazing poem very powerful

no wonder its rated the best

check out my piece if you have a

chance thnxs!!!

Emily G. said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm
that was an inspiring poem. its poems like this who make people relize that everything in life isn't perfect. nice job
summerlengyel said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm
I think one word says it all: wow.
irishlass317 said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm
WOW. This is a wonderful poem about a very real topic! I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!
GirlWhoWrote said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 6:30 am
This was really good! PLEASE check out my work if you have a chance!!!
Greenpaw said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 1:33 am
Wow, it's like a beautifully depressing story. I loved it, can anyone check out my poetry is they have a chance?
heather_marie said...
Oct. 6, 2011 at 10:16 am
omg ur imaculate gave me goose bumps this is my favorite piece ever!!!!
Leapdaybaby212 said...
Sept. 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm
This is absolutely amazing! Please look at my work even though it isnt half as good as your :)
waverider5678 said...
Sept. 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm
This is absolutely terrific! It really hits deep, especially now that a lot of our friends have changed for the worst in high school....
Lola_Black said...
Sept. 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm
That was incredible. Like, sit speechless infront of the computer for a moment thinking, "Wow" incredible. Keep writing! I love the contradictions in here between "daughter" and "woman." Beautiful work!
Norma-Bernard said...
Sept. 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm
That was amazing. Keep writing and please check out my work (even though it isn't as good as yours)
izyfizy said...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm
wow. that was really, and truly breathtaking. fantastic job.
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