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December 17, 2008
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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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bbchicky308 said...
May 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm
I am very sorry for your loss and this poem if very beautiful and so inspiring.
Kathryn S. said...
Apr. 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm
I absolutely loved this!! 
Shantiie said...
Mar. 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm
I am sorry about your lost I cant imagine how that must feel to loose your mother but the way you wrote this poem about her was simply amazing its just beautiful you did such a great job I LOVED it.
NosterdamusClaims said...
Mar. 2, 2014 at 5:43 am
this is simply beautiful...
Brinikins said...
Feb. 12, 2014 at 10:16 am
This poem left me with tears! Wonderful job i absolutely loved it!
Lizzy17 said...
Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm
This poem is raw and heartfelt and beautifully written.
necci said...
Oct. 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm
That's AMAZING! I love the poem, it was heartwarming, yet sad. I look forward to reading more of your work.
quoter replied...
Oct. 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm
This is AMAZING!  anyways please check out my poems too!!!! <3
DerickJerome said...
Aug. 1, 2013 at 7:49 am
This is really good . I can relate to this so much especially knowinh how it feels. This Is Beautiful . Keep it up . And if you get a chance check out my poem "Only in Fairy Tales"
xosarang_adri This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 5, 2013 at 12:43 am
The words flow smoothly from line to line. The central idea of remembering and wishing for your mother to be there, gave me goosebumps. The ending made the poem come back full circle, and stuck very well with the poem. This was a phenomenal piece of art which I truly enjoyed reading.
AkemiMitsukai said...
Jun. 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm
Absolutely beautiful.  I really can't imagine what it would be like to lose your mother so young, but I could almost feel the hollowness you felt.
DerickJerome replied...
Aug. 1, 2013 at 7:50 am
Yeah i understand especially since i did at the age 3
StarGazer9 said...
Jun. 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm
Awww. I'm going to go sit in a corner now and cry. Really good
haley101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 27, 2013 at 8:12 am
i love the imagery in this piece. it gives a very real face to tragedy and is incredible. keep up the good work. and i'd love it if you commented on some of mine :)  
Florescente said...
May 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm
I can relate to this so much. It's truly beautiful and it has the questions I have been asking my whole life.
Breezey said...
Apr. 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm
Nice Job!!! please rate and review some of my work .. im 15 and just started writing  
evalash said...
Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm
Great job!!!!!!!!! you should check out some of my work.
gerekdb38 said...
Apr. 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Great, But sad
Brandon M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm
This will have you tearing up! Well done!
SaphiraBrightscales This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 20, 2013 at 5:29 am
That was heart-wrenching....
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