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What I could never tell my mother
Isn’t her fault; it’s mine
It’s things wrapped inside of me, coiled like wire with the filament exposed
She could accept them – those things – I’m sure
Maybe even love them the way she loves me; little puzzle pieces
That fell out of the box when we were putting it under the sofa
After we almost finished the puzzle together
But I hide them inside my deepest aorta
Keeping them safe because who wants to grab a still-beating heart?
It would kill me to take those secrets out
So my mother may know they exist
But she lets me keep them.
And maybe that’s the real secret, the one that
Shhhh
She doesn’t know –
It’s that I need some secrets of my own.

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AmazinGracey said...
today at 8:33 am:
Very well written, I like the pace of this poem, nice job.
 
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edgarallanpoette said...
today at 1:47 am:
I really loved the image you created with the puzzle pieces. Nice job!
 
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Liv.HarrisThis 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. 10 at 6:31 pm:
loved this!
 
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jettabugThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm:
I love this piece. This is a great output! This really touched me.
 
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TickTockBANG said...
Nov. 3, 2012 at 11:46 am:
"Because who wants to grab a still-beating heart?"   I just really like that line. This is really relatable and well-written--lovely job :D
 
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Haseenarulz said...
Nov. 3, 2012 at 9:29 am:
Woow a great output...... itz really heart touching....
 
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The_Quiet_Girl said...
Oct. 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm:
LOVE THIS!!!!! Phenomenal work! :)
 
The_Quiet_Girl replied...
Oct. 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm :
Oh, and can you please check out some of my work? You don't have to, but I would really appreciate some ratings and/or comments. :) (Sorry for advertising)
 
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AnnaRead This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm:
We all need our secrets, and we all keep them until our last breath, or not.
 
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abbadoo said...
Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm:
Sometimes mother knows best. And sometimes we write poems.
 
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Foreverandeverwriting said...
Jul. 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm:
Phenominal. Absolutely phenominal. Beautiful. Keep writing. :) Check out my work, please? 
 
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boutonderose said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm:
i feel the same and this poem is perfect
 
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AriShineThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 10:25 am:
Great imagery. Love it! Keep writing!
 
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MilesC This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 2, 2012 at 9:56 am:

You took the words right out of my mouth. You certainly worded it better than I could ever have done, and I really like how you extend your scope beyond just your reaction. You expanded it to the collective reaction of all of the readers and the relevance this has to the poem.

 

Well said. I agree wholeheartedly.

 
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Ms.BassyThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm:

thats how i feel about just about all of my family...

 

 
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rockmafia-611 said...
Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm:
i feel like this poem speaks to me i think it's really good
 
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tdpackerfan said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm:
The poet did a nice job of capturing the emotional conflict of the societal teenager. Ultimately , it is very likely that many will be able to conenct with this poem and relate to its central theme. The poet is successful because he or she has found a way to establish that connection with the reader.
 
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JYazzmen said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:32 am:
i loved this poem i can really relate to it 'cause i can't fathom the way my mom would react to some of my stuff
 
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Piper S. said...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm:
The truth in this poem is really relatable for me! I loved the comparison about the beating heart. I had to read the poem a couple of times because it left me wondering. The secrets theme was great.
 
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Toby. said...
Mar. 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm:
here's so much my mom doesn't know
 
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