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 Jul. 14 2011 at 3:06 am
_Maddieb PLATINUM, Carlisle, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
How will you ever reach the stars ; if you're too afraid to try.

whoops, i meant i've had some time to look through your work.

on Jul. 14 2011 at 2:57 am
_Maddieb PLATINUM, Carlisle, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
How will you ever reach the stars ; if you're too afraid to try.

Wow ; I haven't had time to go back and read some of your work ; and it is amazing.

on Jul. 12 2011 at 5:32 pm
AllysonMarie GOLD, Gardner, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
“Only an Aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend.”

LOVE IT! Great work.

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on Jul. 8 2011 at 5:32 pm
inkers GOLD, Midland, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"And the lamplight gloating o'er him threw his shadow on the floor... and my soul from out that shadow... shall be lifted, nevermore!" - Poe

I think every teenager can relate to this. It's very well written. I love the imagery. <3

on Jul. 8 2011 at 12:21 am
musicispassion PLATINUM, Perris, California
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Favorite Quote:
" Life is never easy for those who dream."
There are so many other quotes i need pages to write them

how do u get in the magazine do u just have a great poem that has billions of comments

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on Jun. 9 2011 at 10:56 pm
abby7 SILVER, Bardwell, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"If lifes not what you dream, in the end its better than you expected" - my cousin Josie Hannah Gray

I love it i totaly feel the same way! i can relate so much wow sooo amazing i lovee it!!!!!!!!!!

on Jun. 2 2011 at 11:52 am
excellent! it's funny becuz i am feeling the exact same way right now. its as if u took my feelings n changed them into words :) keep up the good work

on May. 25 2011 at 6:56 pm
the.world.in.my.eyes BRONZE, WEST BABYLON, New York
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Favorite Quote:
if you love something, let it go.if it comes back to you, its yours.if not it was never meant to be, move on.

this is a great poem :) good job!

on May. 24 2011 at 6:16 pm
artlover101 BRONZE, Bolton, Massachusetts
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I really like the ending :)

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on May. 13 2011 at 3:14 pm
this is written very well. i can relate to this poem, there are a lot of things i cannot tell my mother and i enjoyed reading this poem, good job(:

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on May. 5 2011 at 5:23 pm
Slim4 BRONZE, Chicago, Illinois
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you wont get caught for everything you do but everything you do will catch up to you j-vega

good work i like that

on May. 5 2011 at 3:42 pm
wasauskyx BRONZE, New Haven, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
I am not afraid to speak my mind. I am honest, but when I do speak my mind, I get ignored.
~me!

haha i agree with this :) nice work

on Apr. 29 2011 at 10:41 am
taraburns BRONZE, Grandville, Michigan
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i love thiss! your a good poet:)

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on Apr. 28 2011 at 12:19 pm
Rachet BRONZE, Nampa, Other
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Favorite Quote:
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow
will be our doubts of today.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

This was Beautiful, Thank you for sharing.

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on Apr. 13 2011 at 6:40 pm
Helene BRONZE, Arvada, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
when you look back 30 years from now you don't look at what you were wearing but what you learned

i love your words they make since to me

on Apr. 12 2011 at 1:48 pm
hey_itskatelyn PLATINUM, Willis, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
“God, of your goodness, give me yourself; you are enough for me, and anything less that I could ask for would not do you full honour. And if I ask anything that is less, I shall always lack something, but in you alone I have everything”

I love this so much! Keep growing your writing!

on Apr. 11 2011 at 3:39 pm
RideTheWave BRONZE, South Riding, Virginia
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This was really good!!!!

on Apr. 9 2011 at 1:15 am
Laurennnn PLATINUM, Sadieville, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people merely exist, that is all." -Oscar Wilde

This is really good, and I can relate, but I think it could be better if you did a little revising and condenced it a little.

"Say the most you can in the fewest words possible." -Robert Frost.

"Remove the unnessisary so the nessisary can speak." -Mrs. Hambrick (My 7th and 8th grade English teacher; she'd bloody brillant.)


on Apr. 6 2011 at 5:59 pm
ItDoesNotMatter SILVER, Morganton, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't let someone become your everything, because when they're gone you have nothing" -Kenya Mitchell

I understand how you feel... There are just thing's I could never tell my mom.

on Apr. 1 2011 at 1:54 am
-tamara- BRONZE, Dubai, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"words can break someone into a million pieces, but they can also put them back together." :) taylor swift

very beautifully written , kepp up the good work


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