March 9, 2011
By Anonymous

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.

The author's comments:
A few weeks ago my best friend and I were sitting at her kitchen table just like we do every Tuesday after school and before play practice. Out of nowhere her mother burst into the kitchen holding the bottle of birth control pills that my friend had been taking behind her back. She didn't yell at my friend for hiding the fact that she'd been having sex from her, nor did she break into tears. She just stared at her daughter for the longest time with this penetrating expression on her face. For days it haunted me it was confused, wounded--indescribable. The pain I found in her eyes was my inspired this poem.

Note: The poem is entitled 'Angela' after the woman who's face inspired me. This name has been changed to protect her identity, and that of my friend.

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izyfizy GOLD said...
on Sep. 7 2011 at 8:28 pm
izyfizy GOLD, Alameda, California
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wow. that was really, and truly breathtaking. fantastic job.

on Sep. 3 2011 at 11:28 pm
lostwriter BRONZE, Garnett, South Carolina
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great. awesome all the words you can use to express how good this was it is. but im using the word inspiration.

on Sep. 3 2011 at 11:25 pm
SecretFlame PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"I have a life. I just choose to ignore it."
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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!

WinterEyes said...
on Sep. 3 2011 at 9:48 pm
WinterEyes, Lakewood, Colorado
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that was awsome!!! i loved it

on Sep. 3 2011 at 8:07 pm
marissa87 BRONZE, Glenmoore, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
what is popular is not always right and what is right is not always popular

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

on Aug. 25 2011 at 8:58 pm
xBaByGiRrL22x PLATINUM, Pearl River, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"The goal isn't to live forever, but create something that will."
"If you wanna go, baby let's go; if you wanna rock, I'm ready to roll.''
"No one ever said it'd be easy. They just said it'd be worth it." <3

WOAH. this was very powerful. you did an amazing job catching the mother's perspective. The descriptions I thought were just phenomenal. 5 stars(:

on Aug. 24 2011 at 11:54 am
singingdetective SILVER, Sugar Land, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Out of a world of laughter,
suddenly I am sad.
Day and night, it haunts me,
the kiss I never had"
--Midsummer by Syndey King Russell

"Chances lost are hope's torn up pages"-- "Chances" by Five for Fighting

This is really eye-opening. GREAT job on capturing the view-point of a mother. LOVE IT-- 5 stars all the way! :)

on Aug. 19 2011 at 10:38 pm
LifeofPoetry BRONZE, Leroy, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead"

ooooh that gave me chills

on Aug. 17 2011 at 10:12 pm
A_Jean PLATINUM, Citrus Heights, California
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Favorite Quote:
"we all carry these things inside that no one else can see. they hold us down like anchors and they drown us out at sea."
"i'm trying to figure out which parts of my personality are mine and which ones I created to please you"

Wonderful! It was really really good. You have a real talent

on Aug. 14 2011 at 12:19 pm
EyesofBlueFire GOLD, Belleville, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." Dumbledore, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling.

This is beautiful. It's something every mother is going to face, no matter what time frame. I think it was worded beautifully.

on Aug. 13 2011 at 1:41 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
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Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

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.

on Aug. 13 2011 at 1:39 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
45 articles 9 photos 565 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

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.

on Aug. 12 2011 at 11:09 pm
ClaireEloise SILVER, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
It's not about what's on the page. It's about what it really means.

Wow. That was amazing. 

Read my poems?


on Aug. 12 2011 at 8:24 pm
emilybwrites SILVER, Villa Hills, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
last night i lay in bed, looking up at the stars and i thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

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!

on Aug. 12 2011 at 6:42 pm
Shadowangel BRONZE, Allendale, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"The only things that are a sure thing in life are; Life, Death, Taxes and Neal Greentree is a beast on a skateboard!"

Wow. really great poem!!!


on Aug. 12 2011 at 5:14 pm
kaykaybeck PLATINUM, Petersburg, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Life takes you somewhere, love helps you get there.

Wow this is seriously amazing I love it amazing job!

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on Aug. 12 2011 at 3:14 pm
Rahbekka123, West Chester, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde

Wow, this is really sad but amazing nonetheless. Great job!

on Aug. 12 2011 at 2:46 pm
AnonymousJennie...., N, California
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Favorite Quote:
It's not the camera you use that make the picture, its the photographer

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

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

on Aug. 12 2011 at 10:42 am
Regs_the_Shorty GOLD, Frankfort, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
There are people who finish what they start and.....

You did an amazying job with this poem. I liked how you wrote it and I liked the comparision as well.

on Aug. 6 2011 at 12:09 pm
-daydreamer- SILVER, Smyrna, Tennessee
6 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Carpe.... Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." ---Robin Williams, "Dead Poets Society"

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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