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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.

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SaphiraBrightscalesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 20, 2013 at 5:29 am:
That was heart-wrenching....
 
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MissBritt said...
Mar. 15, 2013 at 8:51 am:
I really really loved this! It's so moving  and the imagery in it is incredible! Wonderful job :)
 
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Jasquel03 said...
Feb. 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm:
Just Keep Writing And Never Give Up!! You Are Very Talented and Inspirational.. Good Job
 
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Britty said...
Feb. 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm:
This is amz=azing. You're very talented... keep writting  
 
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thankfate said...
Jan. 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm:
i love this.
 
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ShahiroThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 19, 2013 at 2:26 am:
Wow this is very moving. A dear family member of mine died recently and I still keep imagining him waiting for me at his house asking to play cards....
 
ShahiroThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jan. 19, 2013 at 2:26 am :
ps. Please check out my work.... thanks  :D
 
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nmk1128 said...
Jan. 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm:
This is a very good representation of the human condition. It shows how we as humans hold on even when there is no realistic possibility of our wishes coming true, we still hold on, and there's magic in that. Please check out my poems and writings (: 
 
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sadesdd said...
Dec. 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm:
This poem is very touching, and I very much enjoyed reading it. I could feel the raw emotion: frustration, sadness, confusion. Thank you for writing this beautiful flowing poem.
 
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Hannah24 said...
Dec. 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm:
this is so beautiful, it really flows well
 
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blondie707 said...
Dec. 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm:
This is very beautiful.
 
alllllijah replied...
Dec. 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm :
wow you got that right wait what poem are you reading
 
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flaflafla said...
Nov. 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm:
Very well written, but dark.... Good Job anyway :)
 
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audreylouiseee said...
Nov. 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm:
This is a really insprational poem. I feel bad for you. I can really feel you through this poem. It was a good and intriguing to read. I was written really well.
 
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AddieB said...
Nov. 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm:
This is a good poem and really has feeling. I hope you keep writing more and get deeper.
 
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Ashley Y. said...
Nov. 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm:
That is so sad, I'm so sorry.
 
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colorguardgrlThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 8, 2012 at 9:26 am:
Beautiful. Absolutitly beautiful.
 
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ShiningLight said...
Nov. 8, 2012 at 6:31 am:
This peom is full of emotion.  I can releate because I know a friend who lost her father, he was kind of like a second father to me as well.  But back to your poem. It has good rhythm and conveys deep emotion. It is a little repetitive, but to me that just enforces the story and meaning. 
 
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radicalchicksterThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm:
Personally, I think you're a great writer, but that it could defintely use more work.
 
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The_Quiet_Girl said...
Oct. 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm:
Sad but beautiful. Great work. :)
 
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