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
She doesn’t know –
It’s that I need some secrets of my own.

Similar Articles


This article has 352 comments.

on Apr. 24 2010 at 2:19 pm
lilly_valley GOLD, Shiloh, Ohio
11 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what your gonna get. :)

This is amazing. I mean what kid doesn't like to have a secret, something that only they know? I could really relate to this.

on Apr. 21 2010 at 11:06 am
bamboom212 PLATINUM, Chestnut Ridge, New York
23 articles 0 photos 155 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The truth with a bad intent, is worse than any lie you can ever invent."
"You are smarter than you think. You are stronger than you look. You are braver than you feel."

woww this is amazing. i luv the last few lines. this is so deep!! keep writinggg

on Apr. 16 2010 at 4:44 pm
ChristineJ BRONZE, Aurora, Colorado
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment
wow this is really expressive.!

on Apr. 9 2010 at 6:17 pm
emo_nerd951 BRONZE, Clover, South Carolina
3 articles 5 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle." -unknown


kay.kay SILVER said...
on Apr. 8 2010 at 11:20 am
kay.kay SILVER, Imboden, Arkansas
9 articles 5 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
be who u are never change for someone be who u wanna be


Eilatan GOLD said...
on Apr. 6 2010 at 6:47 pm
Eilatan GOLD, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
11 articles 1 photo 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nobody is normal. Everybody in the world is a weirdo freak. Except you, which makes you a weirdo freak."


bilbogirl GOLD said...
on Apr. 2 2010 at 6:48 pm
bilbogirl GOLD, Townsend, Delaware
19 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you cant rock it, dont even bother trying.

Beautiful! This is the poem that a friend showed me a year or so back that inspired me to start writing poetry! Please keep going

on Apr. 1 2010 at 10:41 pm
starlight26 GOLD, Miramar, Florida
11 articles 7 photos 175 comments

Favorite Quote:
*life isnt about pretending to be something you're not. It about being who you are and finding someone
who loves every bit of it."

"Life's tradegy is that we get old too soon and wise too late"

Hehe very good !!!

_NoAir_ BRONZE said...
on Mar. 31 2010 at 4:20 pm
_NoAir_ BRONZE, Toronto, Other
4 articles 1 photo 463 comments

Favorite Quote:
There are as many ways to live as there are people in this world. Each one deserves a closer look.

–Golly (Harriet The Spy)

I love it! Five stars! *****

on Mar. 30 2010 at 4:51 pm
decembersun14 PLATINUM, Winchester, Massachusetts
24 articles 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life sucks. A lot. But you just have to keep on going. No matter what happens. You can never ever give up. You just have to roll with the punches, go with the flow, and always try your best to keep on going <3"

wow this was really good. i liked how it was somewhere in between a short story and a poem. it was really deep and i can totally relate

on Mar. 29 2010 at 10:17 am
DreamerForever BRONZE, Greenville, Delaware
1 article 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
In order to love others you must first love yourself and in order to grasp all the wonders this world has to offer you must first appreciate what you have. :)

This is a really great poem! Keep up the awesome work!

on Mar. 24 2010 at 4:11 pm
LaurenElizabethH SILVER, Grayson, Kentucky
6 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be the change you want to see in the world.

This is amazing! It says everything a person feels!

Jesus Lover said...
on Mar. 24 2010 at 9:13 am
That is a very cool poem! Some people wouldn't have enough strengh to say that

on Mar. 23 2010 at 2:58 pm
MissFaber SILVER, Wayne, New Jersey
5 articles 0 photos 156 comments

Favorite Quote:
Nothing Less.

this was just one of those peoms where i cant stop feeling like the writer knows me personally. and that's a great thing to achieve when you write.

good job :)

if you could comment and rate of my stories that would be greatly appreciated

on Mar. 17 2010 at 9:14 pm
VioletsandVoice, Spiritwood, North Dakota
0 articles 0 photos 170 comments
wow this describes me to a T thanks for writing

on Mar. 11 2010 at 11:44 pm
Kelsey Witzgall BRONZE, Cincinati, Ohio
3 articles 0 photos 1 comment
This was very well written. I enjoyed the subject and I took it as you are able to talk to your mom but she doesn't need to know everything. Some things are just for you to know. I feel the same one. Great job!

on Mar. 11 2010 at 8:46 pm
CoolBreeze PLATINUM, Winnemucca, Nevada
21 articles 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain

THis was very well written . I also can't talk to my mom.

on Mar. 11 2010 at 1:52 pm
Peace420 BRONZE, Williston, Florida
2 articles 0 photos 42 comments
Dude, you just described my relationship with my mom.

Very awesome poem

lilswtdrms said...
on Mar. 8 2010 at 11:45 am
lilswtdrms, Christiana, Pennsylvania
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments
this poem is good. i dont like to tell my mom things either. i feel the same way

on Mar. 2 2010 at 7:43 pm
PeaveLoveMe SILVER, Deland, Florida
7 articles 0 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I shall never give up, make believe is too much fun."

ohh i love this!!! this is an AHMAZING poem!!!!! would you mind checking my poems out? they aren't as awesome as yours tho (:


MacMillan Books

Aspiring Writer? Take Our Online Course!