What I Could Never Tell My Mother MAG

February 1, 2008
By Margaret Westenhoff, Reston, VA

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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Niknsspam said...
on Feb. 3 2010 at 1:12 am
Niknsspam, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Those secrets can hurt, they can build us, or they can tear us apart.

Absolutely love this poem. So real...

on Jan. 29 2010 at 7:24 pm
AMCLRIDCA PLATINUM, CDA, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take... but by the moments that take your breath away.

I REALLY like this it is really down to earth...

on Jan. 26 2010 at 9:30 pm
jessica.cherish.conner GOLD, Elk Grove, California
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this is soo real.. thats why i like it:)

jessica said...
on Jan. 26 2010 at 8:00 pm
My mom and i have a great bond but there is stuff that i keep in secret and you dont know how much i wish theyll come out.it hurts whenever she asks me whats wrong with me and i say nothing when i really want to let it all out. but someday i will

S1234 BRONZE said...
on Jan. 25 2010 at 8:21 pm
S1234 BRONZE, Pelham, New York
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Great work! Very true.

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on Jan. 25 2010 at 12:08 pm
HeavenCooley GOLD, Stillwater, Oklahoma
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amazing so truee girly:)

kep up the good work.

tara* BRONZE said...
on Jan. 25 2010 at 11:52 am
tara* BRONZE, Westcliffe, Colorado
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Thank you for this poem. My mom doesn't understand that I don't keep my secrets to hurt her, I keep them because something inside me needs them. Great poem, thank you for saying what some of us can't.

on Jan. 24 2010 at 6:09 pm
Sissybug2012 PLATINUM, Union, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"the greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return." -MOULIN ROUGE (song lyrics)

very good. i think just about every girl can relate to this poem. very good very good. congrats. u should read some of mine, there are a few that are like this but somewhat different.

on Jan. 23 2010 at 11:24 am
Thethingiseek BRONZE, N Las Vegas, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
"May we continue not to judge man by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."- by
"The day we stopped fighting for eachother is the day we lost our humanity"-2012 movie
"No man is equivalent to the person next to him."me

I love this one. It makes me think of the secrets I keep from my mother simply because there mine to keeep. I dearly love this one and it reminds you that your not lying when you keep YOUR secrets to yourself...they make you. Please check out my poems: Dead? Them? Me?, Before I'm gone, and The child because no one viewed them. THX

on Jan. 20 2010 at 3:22 pm
Titan12339 SILVER, Bellbrook, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"I dwell in chaos, for love is madness." Jason Storm, son of Chaos god of darkness and madness In a Camp Half Blood RP.

Great work, its relatable to everyone and i love the puzzle piece analogy

please take a look at my poems, i need some comments thank you

on Jan. 19 2010 at 4:31 pm
CaptainFabulous. GOLD, Union, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
PERSONAL FAVORITE QUOTE::::

"When life hands you lemons,make BEEF STEW!"
-Andy Milanokis?(sp)

loooove iiiiiit!

i really like how towards the end you put

"Shhhh She doesnt know"

keep up the good work :D

KonyaB!!! GOLD said...
on Jan. 19 2010 at 3:22 pm
KonyaB!!! GOLD, Edison, New Jersey
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REALLY GOOD JOB! It's connectable too...everyone has secrets, and they don't need anyone to know about them, even if it IS their mom. Really nice job! :)

Check out my work, I wrote a new one called Thirteen, but no one took a look so...

on Jan. 16 2010 at 12:48 am
his_country_girl SILVER, Goshen, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Reality is almost always wrong."-House

"Don't worry when you feel something, worry when you don't."- SVU

it's really good! keep up the good work! =)

on Jan. 15 2010 at 4:51 pm
Ellie.M. PLATINUM, Santa Paula, California
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I love this its really good.!

Check out my work.. tell me how u like it :)

on Jan. 12 2010 at 8:48 pm
20Autumn14 GOLD, Ely, Nevada
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i loved this it was beautiful

Allyssandra said...
on Jan. 10 2010 at 5:22 pm
Allyssandra, Bunnell, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Whatever doesn't kill you has to make you stronger."

Good rhythm, you related this to real life very well and, you're right, everyone has a secret or two that they keep close to themselves, nice relations, keep writing, you're very good. :)

on Jan. 10 2010 at 2:35 pm
oliviarose SILVER, Wellington, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Ghandi

really well written! Very good.

on Jan. 6 2010 at 4:46 pm
love&peace123 BRONZE, Pemberville, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
" be who you are because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind "

wonderful word choice, that was great!

on Jan. 4 2010 at 9:31 pm
life_of_a_leaf PLATINUM, Morris Plains, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"We're all just kids who grew up way too fast" - The Cab

very true...everyone has secrets.

nice use of figurative language.

cass said...
on Jan. 4 2010 at 7:07 pm
wow this was great it flowed really well and i relate :( youre really good!


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