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

February 1, 2008
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
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.

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Live+Laugh+love said...
Jun. 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm
many people can relate, you give your readers what they want...nice :D
like to hear more
musiclover71 said...
May 31, 2009 at 3:51 am
i love it. this is.. so amazing i mean genius
sweetbaby_11213@yahoo.com said...
May 21, 2009 at 1:31 am
i understand u i had the same problem its hard to tell my mother things because i feel as though the things that i may do is my secrets cause i feel as though no one is living my life but me
BeccaBlue826 said...
May 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm
um...wow...im still kind of stunned...that was great...i felt the bam on the last line and on the first four...it was great...
Sara B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 7, 2009 at 5:39 am
i absolutley love the heart metaphores! i get where you are coming from, there are soo many things i could never tell my mom
cocoa.cars This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm
my gosh i know exactly how you feel, i love the symbolism of puzzle pieces in it, i use that a lot too.
Akaeda said...
May 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm
I totally understand where you're coming from with this. Come check out my work sometime!
123 demi said...
Apr. 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm
I love this poem its kinda like me i got a lot of secrets i cant tell my mother and i need to keep to my self it goes perfect with a lot of people i love it good job on writing this
Terry S. said...
Apr. 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm
yea its a pretty good poem has alot of understanding behind it nice work
joesmit said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm
teen poetry is so ridiculous.
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
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