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 Nov. 17 2011 at 7:32 pm
BrownEyeGirl BRONZE, Varnville, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
bite me

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...
on Nov. 17 2011 at 2:33 pm
i love this it is the same way i feel

Kpalo14 SILVER said...
on Nov. 3 2011 at 9:13 am
Kpalo14 SILVER, Wilson, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
You don't know what you have until you've lost it. So treasure everything you do have and never let it go

very good poem!

on Oct. 27 2011 at 10:21 pm
Sweet-thoughts BRONZE, Passaic, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Tough times never last, tough people do."

woa i feel the same way....

on Oct. 26 2011 at 11:25 am
ms.liz2015 BRONZE, Newport News, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world.

good very alsome

on Oct. 26 2011 at 11:24 am
ms.liz2015 BRONZE, Newport News, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world.

wow i love it. My story right hear.

on Oct. 24 2011 at 11:06 pm
reganthevegan BRONZE, Lafayette, California
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love it!! story of my life, right here.

on Oct. 10 2011 at 5:50 pm
soarlikeme23 SILVER, Louisville, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands" e.e. cummings

This is very good! I definitely feel this way all the time.

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on Oct. 4 2011 at 9:20 pm
Ktaylorxo GOLD, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Everybody in this world will hurt you. You just gotta stick with the ones worth suffering for.

Love this!

cookiegirl said...
on Oct. 4 2011 at 7:36 am
Nice poem:). Well written, I can relate.

wondering76 said...
on Sep. 12 2011 at 5:18 am
wondering76, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Judge me and I'll prove you wrong, tell me what to do and I'll tell you off, say I'm not worth it and watch where I end up, screw me over and I'll do it to you twice as bad, call me crazy, you really have not idea!"

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. ♥

on Aug. 23 2011 at 4:29 pm
MaccouxTaco SILVER, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
In the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.

Wow! I feel the EXACT same way with my mother. Very very well written.

on Aug. 21 2011 at 2:13 pm
Milly.Hester BRONZE, Central City, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
be who you wanna be not what poeple want you to be

its werid how that someone out there in the world is going through the same things you are...

on Aug. 21 2011 at 2:09 pm
Milly.Hester BRONZE, Central City, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
be who you wanna be not what poeple want you to be

this so reminds mind me and my mom sometimes

on Aug. 21 2011 at 2:06 pm
xximjustmexx PLATINUM, Oak Forest, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
There's no god. There's no religion. There's only life, what you do with YOUR life, who YOU let affect YOUR life. Bad things happen to everyone, you just have to learn to deal with them.

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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on Jul. 30 2011 at 2:11 pm
lil.awol ELITE, Independence, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"there's a darkness upon me that's flooded in light, and i'm frightened by those that don't see it" ~the avett brothers, head full of doubt

i love this! me and my mom are exactly like this, i have always felt this way but never really been able to express it. you stole the words out of my heart :) keep writing

on Jul. 30 2011 at 12:36 pm
ErisRose DIAMOND, Ashburn, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amori- Love conquers all let us yield to love
Sweat Dries, Blood Clots, Bones Heal, Suck it up and dance!
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way

I love this poem, love how you use the word "aorta" great job!

on Jul. 30 2011 at 11:21 am
EmmanuelGonzalez GOLD, West Orange, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Never Give Up, Never Back Down." - Anonymous

I can easily tell this came from this heart and you can easily relates this to many things. THis is a very truthful piece.

on Jul. 19 2011 at 3:37 am
lovetildeath GOLD, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
I'm selfish, impatient, & a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, & at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

Totally relatable :)

on Jul. 18 2011 at 2:04 pm
Cortney.Lynn GOLD, Hughesville, Pennsylvania
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I love this one! I can really relate to what its saying(:




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