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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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
lovely129713 said...
Apr. 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm
Nice poem. I think we can all relate to it. Everyone has sectrets that they don't want to tell anyone...especially their parents. I do.
CheerGirl94 said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm
This is Amazing i can totally relate!!!! :)
mrbananaman9 said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 1:40 am
I can totally relate
CutiePie said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm
this is so good. i can really relate because i have big secrets of my own
angeleyes1995 said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 5:22 am
I can relate ur peom is beautiful please look at mines and comment tell me how u feel. Thanks
~angel eyes
Ashley S. said...
Apr. 1, 2009 at 2:54 am
Excellent work! I've never been able to relate to anything better than this poem.
DivaDarling said...
Mar. 31, 2009 at 9:48 pm
This really reminds me of my life I have a lot of secrets I nver told my mom their no private but they mean a lot to me.
AKlore said...
Mar. 31, 2009 at 9:35 pm
I loved it! It was flawless and brilliant.
stylinsista07 said...
Mar. 31, 2009 at 2:41 pm
good job very well written
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