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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secrets said...
on 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...
on Mar. 18 2011 at 11:55 am
desmiree, Elkins, West Virginia
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That was really good the only time I can write poetry is when I'm upset or sad.

on Mar. 13 2011 at 1:57 pm
rubyrainstorm SILVER, Closter, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
-Buddha.

Wow. Your talent is amazing, and you definitely have strong emotion behind it. Keep up the great work!

on Mar. 8 2011 at 5:41 pm
Griffiths1998 BRONZE, Clymer, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
You see that girl? Yeah her. She seems so invincible, right? But just touch her & she'll wince. She has secrets& trust no one. She's the perfect example of betrayal. Because everyone that she's ever trusted has hurt her.

i think we all need some secrets of our own. Good Job

on Feb. 10 2011 at 10:14 am
Nooneimportant2u, Tallahassee, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"If you really knew me, you wouldnt have to know about me"

So deep and profound , very nice, i admire its uniqueness

on Feb. 4 2011 at 10:04 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

i love this especially the last line!! :)

on Jan. 27 2011 at 12:19 pm
SecrecyGirl17 GOLD, La Monte, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is a storm, so bring your umbrella."

I totally can relate, great peom keep writing!

abbyb said...
on 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 GOLD said...
on Jan. 13 2011 at 11:04 pm
netjamie GOLD, Portland, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
love is giving some one the ability to break ur heart but trusting them not to

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 GOLD said...
on Jan. 4 2011 at 5:08 pm
BlueFoot GOLD, Reston, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Life passes most people by while they're making grand plans for it,"

Reston Va, such a talent mine! Haha what school did you go to? --I'm from Reston too.

-kristina GOLD said...
on Dec. 22 2010 at 8:48 pm
-kristina GOLD, Fresno, California
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Favorite Quote:
nobody can make you happy but yourself
-my momma

MAY YOUR ORGANS FAIL YOU
BEFORE YOUR DREAMS DO
-?

Monsters are real, gosts are too, they live inside us and sometimes they win
-Stephen Kings

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

on Dec. 15 2010 at 4:42 pm
marzapan PLATINUM, Westchester, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"do not lead me unto temptation, i can find the way my self" rita brown
"die fish Hitler die" jake: homestuck
"My only friend growing up was a yak." -Russia (Hetalia)
"Pants are your first priority." -My friend

i love it!

on Nov. 30 2010 at 11:09 pm
AliMallie BRONZE, Westminster, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes. I am out of control and 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

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.

on Nov. 30 2010 at 5:58 pm
CelticThundeGurl SILVER, Benson, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams."






















- Pres. Ronald Reagan

I LOVE this!! You have a great talent! Keep writing!

kayden said...
on Nov. 30 2010 at 5:06 pm
kayden, None Of Your Business, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
don't leave the one you love for the one you like cause the one you like will leave you for the one they love...so follow your heart

i really enjoyed this(:

on Nov. 30 2010 at 1:26 pm
KiraBira11 BRONZE, Maplewood, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Always Expect the Unexpected."

I feel the same way about having a relationship with my mother;really wish i could.

on Nov. 30 2010 at 1:24 pm
KiraBira11 BRONZE, Maplewood, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Always Expect the Unexpected."

I enjoyed reading this.

on Nov. 30 2010 at 1:11 pm
massiekur BRONZE, Huntington, West Virginia
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i really, really liked this. i'm not exactly sure why, but i really did. good job (:

on Nov. 30 2010 at 10:39 am
live,love,smoke420 BRONZE, Auburn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
life's a climb, but the views great.

aww this is really good. i love that we can keep secrets fom people buut some how people find out :(

on Nov. 29 2010 at 1:16 am
RedpillBluepill, East Brunswick, New Jersey
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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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