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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 Jun. 29 2010 at 10:33 pm
arharrison GOLD, Girardville, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Friendship is love with out his wings!" "never leave the one you love,for the one you like."

I really like this too,it reminds me of a lot of different this,great job and keep writting =]

on Jun. 29 2010 at 4:25 pm
polyprincess16 SILVER, Tracy, California
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Favorite Quote:
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

i like this one. its really good and i agree that everyone needs to haves something to keep to yourself.

on Jun. 29 2010 at 4:17 pm
docta_rini SILVER, Detroit, Michigan
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love the poem!!

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on Jun. 29 2010 at 2:12 pm
ssssss BRONZE, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
If you love something, let it go, if it comes back to you it's yours, if it doesn't, it never was.

My mom really does listen to me, but I totally agree that we need some secrets of our own.

on Jun. 29 2010 at 12:56 pm
cphertz08 SILVER, Cypress, California
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i love this because i wish my mom would listen to me too. 

on Jun. 18 2010 at 11:24 am
ShenelleCrystal SILVER, M, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Laugh your heart out dance in the rain cherish the memories ignore the pain love + learn forget and forgive because remember you only have [one life to live] ♥

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

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


on Jun. 7 2010 at 6:30 pm
TheSummoningFreak PLATINUM, Lugoff, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
if you can never let yourself fall you'll never know what it's like to love

this is freat and i love it.

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on Jun. 7 2010 at 11:47 am
Benzi BRONZE, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Love All and Trust A Few.

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.

on Jun. 7 2010 at 11:26 am
VivaLaVivy BRONZE, Snohomish, Washington
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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

on Jun. 6 2010 at 7:57 pm
mpacheco15 BRONZE, Montclair, New Jersey
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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!

on Jun. 5 2010 at 11:56 am
buggzbunnie BRONZE, Middle River, Maryland
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i feel the same way my mother is understanding just somethings i dnt feel comfortable telling her like about my latest troubles

on May. 21 2010 at 12:59 pm
avidDreamwriter BRONZE, Ridgeville, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Not all those who wander are lost"- J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of The Rings

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)


on May. 21 2010 at 12:58 pm
avidDreamwriter BRONZE, Ridgeville, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Not all those who wander are lost"- J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of The Rings

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.

on May. 19 2010 at 9:27 am
CourtneyLove BRONZE, Belleville, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Baby You Can Brusie Me But You'll Never Break Me <3

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.

on May. 18 2010 at 8:52 pm
LittleRedd SILVER, Wilmington, Delaware
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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.

on May. 18 2010 at 5:57 pm
SashaaFiercex3 PLATINUM, Flushing, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't look back unless you're planning on going in that direction"

i love this poem

moving and i hope you post more like these

 


on May. 17 2010 at 8:04 pm
Egyptiangirl13 GOLD, Kansas City, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
\"either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

\"If columbus would have turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either.\"

\"If music be the food of love, play on.\"

this is great!!!

on May. 16 2010 at 5:16 pm
BlackKittie SILVER, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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i can relate to this...

on May. 7 2010 at 6:08 pm
BiancaMarie SILVER, Colchester, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
better loved then lost then never to have loved at all

ahmazingg hunn! i love itt

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on May. 1 2010 at 12:49 pm
PoeticTouch GOLD, Saida, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow

very niceee