Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

What I Could Never Tell My Mother This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By
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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




Join the Discussion

This article has 321 comments. Post your own now!

chelchelbear said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm
This is a really nice poem... very true...and... real, you know! i like it... do it! j/k j/k .... but seriously nice poem... lotes
 
Monica T. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 1:59 am
it was a good poem!! i hope to read more of your work!! :)
 
rainbows-after-rain said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 8:12 pm
Beautiful! :)
 
Evynn A. said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm
That is an excellent poem. I feel the same way about my mother.
 
The Punished said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm
This makes me feel the pain i keep inside, and remember all of my dark secrets that hide deep in my soul.
 
Tinkham3 said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 12:20 am
I love this poem...But you don't have to even think about want I say but maybe you should not go from talking about secrets than a puzzle than secrets again But I do like the way you were able to tie it all in
 
sunnybaby said...
May 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm
this is really good when i read it i saw me cuz i dont tell my mom alot of secrets and its good cuz u dont always have to be open bout every thing so good job and good luck on writing u shuld check out mine.
 
Martha H. said...
Apr. 24, 2009 at 12:57 am
this is such a great poem and it describes exactly how i feel
 
music said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm
this is awesome so true i love it kinda sounds like me
 
blackamethyst said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm
very cool. i dont think a lot of teenagers share everything with their parents and you've summarized it nicely
 
GurlGutta said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 6:42 pm
I really like this poem because I can really feel the emotions and thoughts you put into this peice
 
Priscilla C. said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm
Beautiful. I like the part about the "still-beating heart".
 
sissykat said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm
I know exactly how you feel about in the poem. I think it was really well written. You should continue to write.
 
Chelsea C. said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm
i can completly relate! there are so many things that i just can't seem to tell my parents either...good job! =)
 
Mikal said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 6:48 am
Check out my poems
 
AndThisIsReal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 8:50 pm
This was just great.
 
tbbf09 said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm
this is such an awesome poem i wrote one kinda like it and i will post it on here and try to get it published by teenink soon ,but mine is called she never knew and it's much more deeper than this one and has some adult content too. i write all the time and have 2 poems published on this sight but i accidently put them down as anonomouse writer they are called my prison poem and always and forever..i hope you check them out...
 
mary G. said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 1:13 am
This is so amazing!
You are such the writer!
I love how all the other comments say they can relate.
well, it is very relative-is that a word?
:)
 
LilJ<3 said...
Apr. 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm
Margaret, you got quiet a response on the poem! I can see why... its great. Its so true that there are some things we want to keep to ourselves that we dont want other to people to know about...Not having anyone know is what makes it special or unique cause only you know it...I think you did a great job and congrats on getting it published in the mag!
♥ Jackie
 
joshua S. said...
Apr. 9, 2009 at 1:00 am
thats kinda koool.... too dramatic like
 
Site Feedback