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

February 1, 2008
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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secrets said...
Mar. 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm
I have lots of secerts from my mother so i understand where u come from. ur words put it in a view for me tht no one else has. great writin
desmiree said...
Mar. 18, 2011 at 11:55 am
That was really good the only time I can write poetry is when I'm upset or sad.
C8Star77 said...
Mar. 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Wow. Your talent is amazing, and you definitely have strong emotion behind it. Keep up the great work!
Griffiths1998 said...
Mar. 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm
i think we all need some secrets of our own. Good Job
Nooneimportant2u said...
Feb. 10, 2011 at 10:14 am
So deep and profound , very nice, i admire its uniqueness
PerfectMGymnast This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm
i love this especially the last line!! :)
SecrecyGirl15 said...
Jan. 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm
I totally can relate, great peom keep writing!
abbyb said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 11:21 am
I can realte to this poem. Although, my mom does want to know everything about my life. Does she no everything? No, alot, but definately not everything.
netjamie said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm
this is great i wish my mom could understand that she doesnt need to know everthing,, but i love this... u should check out my work some time
BlueFoot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm
Reston Va, such a talent mine! Haha what school did you go to? --I'm from Reston too.
-kristina said...
Dec. 22, 2010 at 8:48 pm
I like this. i wish my mom would except my secrets. we just arnt that close and it makes me sad. thats y my poems say my heart instead of my boyfriend. id like if you read them n tell me what you think please
marzapan said...
Dec. 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm
i love it!
AliMallie said...
Nov. 30, 2010 at 11:09 pm
I love that this is relatable to anyone and has a high degree of mystery, just as secrets do. I'm sure parents feel just as shut out as we do reading this and it's a refreshing viewpoint.
wildflowergirl said...
Nov. 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm
I LOVE this!! You have a great talent! Keep writing!
kayden said...
Nov. 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm
i really enjoyed this(:
KiraBira11 said...
Nov. 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm
I feel the same way about having a relationship with my mother;really wish i could.
KiraBira11 said...
Nov. 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm
I enjoyed reading this.
massiekur said...
Nov. 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm
i really, really liked this. i'm not exactly sure why, but i really did. good job (:
cezzcez3 said...
Nov. 30, 2010 at 10:39 am
aww this is really good. i love that we can keep secrets fom people buut some how people find out :(
RedpillBluepill said...
Nov. 29, 2010 at 1:16 am
the "aorta" really ruined this for me. It's such a clunky word, and it's not even used right in this write. Also, the semicolon should be a regular colon. But other than that, this poem's really good.
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