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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on Nov. 22 2009 at 10:31 am
xxMissingyouxx GOLD, Newfield, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"love is like a butterfly, hold it too close, it'll crush.. hold it too loose, it'll fly away"

wow i really relate..it's like you want to tell her, but your afraid of what her reaction will be. but trust me her reaction will make you fell secure. i did it and my mom might still be a little quezy over my secret but she realizes how much guts it took to tell her. Keep on writing, don't stop please!

on Nov. 21 2009 at 2:34 pm
$t@rr49503 BRONZE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
FURB!!!

This poem really relates to me in verious ways because alot of the same apply to me

on Nov. 21 2009 at 9:55 am
despurlock DIAMOND, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The heart has its reasons which reason does not know." -Pascal, Pensees, 1670

I really love this poem and it is def. worthy of being published! Great job! I look forward to reading more of your work! Please check out some of mine and let me know what you think! Thanks! And again, Great Job!!!!!

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on Nov. 20 2009 at 5:10 pm
i get this

you did a good job on really elaborating on the subject.

this is a thing with a lot of kids

i know i struggle with what i tell my mom

i liked it

on Nov. 18 2009 at 7:11 pm
ThimbleBostich BRONZE, Keller, Texas
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I really like the "shhh" for some reason. I love this poem because it's real and true.

on Nov. 18 2009 at 4:45 pm
project827 GOLD, Portage, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Real Revolution Starts At Learning, If You're Not Angry, Then You Are Not Paying Attention" - Tim McIlrath

its so true. and very nicely written.to thumbs up!

on Nov. 8 2009 at 4:48 pm
wombatz-rule GOLD, Montrose, Minnesota
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Wow. This is simply beautiful. It is incredibly descriptive and unique. Your writing definitely has its own voice, and I love it. Continue with the great work. You're destined for something great!

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on Oct. 30 2009 at 10:21 pm
Avalynn BRONZE, Monrovia, California
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Wow, this is so amazing! It's unique and reflective- i love it!

on Oct. 30 2009 at 6:11 pm
BrittDawn PLATINUM, Winnipeg, Other
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Favorite Quote:
And at that moment, I swear we were infinite.

This is such a great poem. Everyone can totally relate. Keep it up your awesome!

yoyoyo... said...
on Oct. 30 2009 at 1:07 pm
Omg i luv ur piece!

i can really relate to it and it is very discribing and interesting it makes me want to keep reading

on Oct. 30 2009 at 12:34 am
Kitten111 SILVER, Watanobbi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit ..... wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad :P

this hit me ... i have lot of things i should tell my mum but i dont ..... mostly because its the way she treats me ... youve given me a idea though thanxs and keep up the awesome work

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on Oct. 29 2009 at 9:41 pm
kaeny BRONZE, Mississauga, Other
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This is beautiful, thank you.

on Oct. 8 2009 at 9:32 am
Nicolioliolsterz_1 GOLD, Manassas, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
Scott Alexander

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.
Emily Dickinson

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.
Emily Dickinson

I really like this poem.It speaks true life in everyy verse.Keep them coming!!

on Sep. 16 2009 at 8:55 pm
stephaniekip PLATINUM, Cranford, New Jersey
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awesome poem ! Keep up the great work!

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on Aug. 24 2009 at 1:58 pm
Spritz, Newark, New Jersey
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Hahah, amazing, i loved it. Kepp writinggg :D

on Aug. 17 2009 at 8:00 pm
amrwrites BRONZE, Racine, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
Keep on soaring little sleeper.

I would repeat what everyone said, but you probably already know how talented you are. But anyways, you're very talented. Haha. :)

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on Aug. 2 2009 at 10:17 pm
Shante BRONZE, Mountt. Vernon, New York
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really good :)

on Jul. 1 2009 at 7:49 pm
Jessica Peck BRONZE, Danbury, Connecticut
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I love it. =)

on Jun. 22 2009 at 6:50 pm
despurlock DIAMOND, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The heart has its reasons which reason does not know." -Pascal, Pensees, 1670

Wow, this is beautiful. You never come outright and say what the secret is and you leave the reader begging in thougt's trance. I love it! Please check out some of my poems and let me know what you think! Thanks! And again, your poem is phenomenal!

on Jun. 19 2009 at 6:17 am
Nicely written, I enjoyed reading it :)


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