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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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Delilah_Delusion said...
Jul. 25, 2010 at 5:42 am

I love that you found a way to use 'aorta' in poetry ^^

It's beautiful. good work. 

Aylleen K. said...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm
i love this!!!!!! its deep . :]]] look at my poems if u can ;)
Samantha D. said...
Jul. 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm
this is absolutely GREAT!!! Excellent job!
CarolynQ said...
Jul. 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm
Gosh, I like this,  I like the way you described the secrets as puzzle pieces and I can definately relate to this piece. Good job I enjoyed it, please look at my poetry  if you have time. :)
MaKayla1513 said...
Jul. 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm

this is amazing! I can really realte to it, because thats how some of my family members are. Keep it up!

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arharrison said...
Jun. 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm
I really like this too,it reminds me of a lot of different this,great job and keep writting =]
polyprincess16 said...
Jun. 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm
i like this one. its really good and i agree that everyone needs to haves something to keep to yourself.
made-in.detroit said...
Jun. 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm
love the poem!!
Jesus_Freak said...
Jun. 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm
My mom really does listen to me, but I totally agree that we need some secrets of our own.
cphertz08 said...
Jun. 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm
i love this because i wish my mom would listen to me too. 
ShenelleCrystalx3 said...
Jun. 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

That was so good ! Amazing writer ! Don't ever stop :)

Please come and check out my poems [comment or rate] Thank u

TheSummoningFreak said...
Jun. 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm
this is freat and i love it.
VivaLaVivy said...
Jun. 7, 2010 at 11:26 am
I really like this poem but at the same time it makes me a little sad because I wish my mother would listen to me at all but I guess that's why she's not around anymore! Anyways I love it!!! =] xoxo
Benzi replied...
Jun. 7, 2010 at 11:47 am
I agree with you Only if my mom was around to listen to what I want to say But we can't always get what we want.
mpacheco15 said...
Jun. 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm
My mom can't see that though I keep most emotions under control, I'm not Spock and I am not a robot that will only do the logical thing!
buggzbunnie said...
Jun. 5, 2010 at 11:56 am
i feel the same way my mother is understanding just somethings i dnt feel comfortable telling her like about my latest troubles
Dreamer_of_Dreams said...
May 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm

THAT snail.

(sorry for the wait...I was instructed that I may not post consecutive posts within 20 seconds or I may have my Teen Ink license revoked)

Dreamer_of_Dreams said...
May 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm
I believe I can shed some light on your inquiry.  Aztecs appreciate a good heart, Vampires (duh), heart surgeons, the Tin Man, and various abstract zombies.  Phillip is suspicious of the snail.
CourtneyLove said...
May 19, 2010 at 9:27 am
Very Deep Poem & Easy To Relate To. Me & My Mom Are Very Close & I Tell Her Pretty Much Everything But Somethings, She Just Can't Know.
Berlynn said...
May 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm
This poem is deep. I so relate to this, I'm incredably close with my mom but there are things i wouldn't dare tell her.
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