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And I remember she wouldn’t wake up.
Her lips were mushed together in a
Horrible shade of red
They buried my mother in a white dress
And red lips.
And she couldn’t see.
Where are your glasses, Mommy?
And still at sixteen I bring them to my face
And peer through the distorted murky lenses
To see what she saw
Maybe one day …
And I remember it hitting me
Like it does every day
When I hear them all talk and complain about their
“Horrible” mothers
What’s it like to have a mother
I’d give anything to know,
Or at least for them to know how lucky they are.
They know.
And I remember she wouldn’t sit up
And I dreamed of a stuffing machine because
Someone whispered by my ear she was
Cut in half and stuffed
And it made no sense
And still at sixteen I wonder
What happened to my mother?
And I remember her faintly
She doesn’t even smile in my dreams anymore
And I wonder if she’ll ever be proud of me
If she’d ever approve of me
And who I’ve become
The things I’ve seen
The things I’ve done
And I remember her singing
Though I can’t hear her voice
The only happy Christmas I hold on to
Every year
Maybe one day it’ll come back
I used to think
Maybe one day she’d come back
And still at sixteen I hope
Maybe one day she’ll come back …
And I remember she wouldn’t wake up
Not even to say good-bye.

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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AliLinn said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm
That's so beautiful, Sweetheart....
sondheimfreak This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm
this is the deepest, most beautiful thing i think i've ever read on this website. way to take a horrible personal experience and turn it into something incredible. props to you!
yesenia68 said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm
Really beautiful, makes me almost want to take back complaints about my own mother. Sorry for your loss.
BrokenBree said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm
I read this awhile back, and reading it again is just amazing. I love this poem. You're an amazing writer. Keep it up.
LoneBeauty said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Your poem it quite good. so much emotion is put into this poem, and im sorry for your loss if if you lost your mother. You should continue writing you have a talent. :)


clumsyteardropper said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 10:31 am
So sad. :(  I am very sorry for you loss.  May you allow it to make you stronger.
You live in Allentown, PA?  That's about an hour away from where I live :)
Megan15 said...
Nov. 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm
Wow, i really love your poem, its beautiful.
soccerfreak6 said...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm
This is such a good poem, it made me cry
akbrgurl said...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm
This poem is beautiful, almost moved me to tears.
R.S.H said...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm
This poem really tells a story. I know that everyone have their own opinion about their mother.... but you don't. I do agree with you that they don't know how lucky they are. But the thing is... not everyone is the same. Wonderful poem, I love it.
sunshine7223 said...
Nov. 18, 2011 at 3:05 am
I've read quite a few poems on this site, and I must say yours is literally the ONLY one I have liked so far. I honestly think it is brilliant. Keep writing. I enjoyed it. I love your choice of words, and the method you used. (:
BipolarMessX.X said...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm
I have alot of respect for you and this poem. I know it isnt easy, i lost my father at age 11. You expired me to write a piece on him. thank you ^.^
jshawts said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 8:52 am
Wow. This is an absolutely amazing poem! Although I can't relate, it opened up my eyes. Thank you for your wonderful words.
sunriseusnset said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm
i think many can relate to this, including myself. i like the questions you ask. they give vivid detail that's a bit haunting. great job.
AllMeAllTheTime said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Wow that was truely amazing and i know how you feel my mother died when i was young!
Lizered13 said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 10:34 am
I just want you to know I really liked that poem. It was sad at the same time it was something i couldnt stop reading untill i got to the end. Nice Job!
youngspeare said...
Oct. 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm
One word AMAZING! 
margot13 said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm
This poem is beautiful. I swear I started tearing up.
CreativelyUnique said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 7:29 am
This poem is really powerful, I can really feel the strong emotion. You did a great job, keep up the good work
Lady-Milano said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm
i was one of the people who always complained,but from today onwards im thankfull i still have a mother. great poem
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