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

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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WeAllBurn said...
Jan. 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm
This was a fantastic piece of work, seriously. I loved this soooo much
ElleNicole said...
Dec. 31, 2011 at 9:29 am
Nice job. Mind checking out my work? Thanks if you do! =)
Schuyler said...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm
I really enjoy your poem its great. The tone of your poem sounds to that its alright to keep some secrets of your own and your mother will be okay with that .
youngspeare said...
Dec. 9, 2011 at 7:09 am
Mind-blowing! It's fantastic :) 
think you could check out my work sometime? Would really appreciate it. 
meadowood said...
Nov. 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm
Wow really great! You expressed something that a lot of us understand in a really creative, artistic manner. <3 the metaphor!
BrownEyeGirl said...
Nov. 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm
its relly good i love it . its how i feel about me and my mother . i couldnt let her know some of my secrets either . but i thimk its amahzing how you can express that in a poem
a darkness said...
Nov. 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm
i love this it is the same way i feel
Kpalo14 said...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:13 am
very good poem!
Sweet-thoughts said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm
woa i feel the same way....
ms.liz2015 said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:25 am
good very alsome
ms.liz2015 said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:24 am
wow i love it. My story right hear.
breakingfree said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm
love it!! story of my life, right here.
soarlikeme23 said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm
This is very good! I definitely feel this way all the time.
Ktaylorxo said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm
Love this!
cookiegirl said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:36 am
Nice poem:). Well written, I can relate.
wondering76 said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 5:18 am
This is so relatable! Everyone has at least 1 thing they cannot tell their moms, and that's why this is so relatable. Please, keep writing. ♥
liv.poetfreak said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Wow! I feel the EXACT same way with my mother. Very very well written.
Milly.Hester said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm
its werid how that someone out there in the world is going through the same things you are...
Unquie said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm
this so reminds mind me and my mom sometimes
xximjustmexx said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm
I swear on my life that this poem describes my relationship with my mother. It's funny some things are so alike.
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