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 Aug. 30 2015 at 2:12 pm
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I can relate to this poem so well. Its amazing just so pure and simple. Great work!

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on Jul. 17 2015 at 1:24 pm
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In a society that worships love, freedom, and beauty dance is sacred. It's a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.

It's simple and beautiful. I think everyone needs there secrets, I also think that for each secret comes a time for it to be told. When the burden of it becomes too much it's easy to tell. And most mothers are the person waiting patiently to help. They wait until we can't hold it in anymore and they help us shoulder the weight until the weight is gone. I really like this piece.

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AnnaSharudenko BRONZE, Los Angeles, California
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Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. -Edgar Allan Poe

I can totally relate to this poem. It's extremely touching, simple, but strong at the same time. You did a great job :)

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on Mar. 29 2015 at 8:48 am
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on Mar. 29 2015 at 7:59 am
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This is stellar. I love poems about conflicted relationships with parents because I can relate to them so well. Very well done. If you can, check out some of my work, I have a few poems, a non-fiction piece, and a sci-fi piece. It would mean a lot to me if you checked them out and maybe commented.

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i love the conflicted view of the poem. how everything can be all messed up but come together in the end, for better or worse, but in this case, better

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on Jan. 22 2015 at 12:57 pm
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Wow! I love this work! I love how even the intricate wording of each line, laces together like a doily. It's beautiful. Hey, I know that many people may be asking you this, but could you check out my poems, I have two entry's right now with three or four poems in each, could give me some pointers?

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on Sep. 10 2014 at 8:33 am
AmazinGracey PLATINUM, Wilmington, Delaware
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Very well written, I like the pace of this poem, nice job.

on Sep. 10 2014 at 1:47 am
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“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” - Edgar Allan Poe
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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on Jun. 10 2014 at 6:31 pm
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"Let me glimpse inside your velvet bones." - Edgar Allan Poe

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on Nov. 3 2012 at 9:48 pm
TaylorWintry DIAMOND, Carrollton, Texas
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"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby." - Unknown

I love this piece. This is a great output! This really touched me.

on Nov. 3 2012 at 11:46 am
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"I believe that what doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger." --Joker

"Because who wants to grab a still-beating heart?"   I just really like that line. This is really relatable and well-written--lovely job :D

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on Nov. 3 2012 at 9:29 am
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The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

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Woow a great output...... itz really heart touching....

on Oct. 12 2012 at 7:23 pm
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Oh, and can you please check out some of my work? You don't have to, but I would really appreciate some ratings and/or comments. :) (Sorry for advertising)

on Oct. 12 2012 at 7:21 pm
Misfit95 PLATINUM, Dover, Ohio
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LOVE THIS!!!!! Phenomenal work! :)

on Oct. 9 2012 at 10:11 pm
AnnaRead SILVER, Park City, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"Even if your on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers

We all need our secrets, and we all keep them until our last breath, or not.


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