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

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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.




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sahsia102 said...
Feb. 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm
This poem depicts perfectly the sentiments of having a secret you can't express. I love it! Please write more!
 
lollygager101 said...
Jan. 24, 2009 at 2:01 am
Great poem I am glad it was in the magazine!
 
X0RACHAELX014 said...
Jan. 14, 2009 at 1:26 pm
this is soo cute! its amazing i love every line of it. and ppl can rly relate to it, definatly me at least. but its rly good, great job :)
 
Flowerchild_711 said...
Jan. 7, 2009 at 1:29 am
This poem was really good.I like the part about secrets being like puzzle pieces because it is sooo true. I like how yu don't tell us what the secret is, because its not really important. Awesome job, wish i could write like this!!!
 
almost_there said...
Jan. 4, 2009 at 12:38 am
I like this, especially the part about how maybe the real secret is that curious need to protect things/secrets- even if the things themselves aren't that secret or needing to stay hidden, it is that inexplicable need to hide them. You carried that sentiment very well, and I think a lot of people can relate
 
twilight_girl<3 said...
Dec. 31, 2008 at 4:04 am
this poem is so true and its awsome. nice job.
 
Redemption65 said...
Dec. 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm
Good. I like how you do not tell the reader what the secret is, but I feel when you got to the climax of your poem your ending was too abrupt. There needed to be more.
 
martinkclarksvilletn said...
Dec. 12, 2008 at 3:23 am
secrets are important this poem is awesome!!!!!!
 
BlackDeathxxxiv said...
Feb. 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm
Great!!!! It was reaching out and grabbing me at every turn. Suprub.
I can't think of any other words to discribe it. I loved every minute of it.
 
wondergrl95 said...
Nov. 24, 2008 at 4:49 pm
wow, nice job!
 
ak92092 said...
Nov. 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm
i wanna no ur secret!
 
mrs.mcneal08-09 said...
Oct. 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm
that was very nice and funny!!!!!!!
 
emokid4life15 said...
Oct. 26, 2008 at 1:58 am
it was iight... but did not really get it that well
 
JLS88 said...
Oct. 22, 2008 at 6:30 pm
I definitely love this poem, I think the author did a great job at getting the message across while leaving it open to personal interpretation for the details. Very nice, can't wait to read more!!
 
mellymel said...
Oct. 19, 2008 at 8:50 pm
wow that was sweetness and funny too!
 
crazy6h said...
Oct. 17, 2008 at 11:34 pm
i think this si really good a lot of people could relate to this
 
Rebeckah.. =*] said...
Oct. 6, 2008 at 8:54 am
Wow. That was great, it's something i can really relate to and it's just really good! Lovely. Keep Up The Good Work (=
 
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Oct. 1, 2008 at 8:31 pm
it is good
 
Xx-believe-in-me-xX said...
Sept. 27, 2008 at 4:25 am
this is good.
 
piano player said...
Sept. 23, 2008 at 3:31 pm
that was sweet, im sure, true.
 
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