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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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seahorse said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 10:31 am
Very beautiful and sad at the same time i like it a lot!
 
Falling_Angel said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:22 am
such a sad poem. amazing though. keep writing. please look at my poems and please post feedback http ://www.teenink .com /poetry/free_verse/article/147125/I-Wish/
 
rachey0924 said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm
This poem is so sad, but beautiful!
 
mandielynnrose said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Wow this is very powerful and really makes me think, my own mother died when I was five but soon after I got a stepmother so I never really felt sadness. I think this poem is really great.
 
lovebabylove. said...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm
this is my favirote poem i have read on here so far. so many people can relate to this. and it's truley written. amazing.<3
 
Tigerlily11 replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm
come and see sometimes goodbye is a second chance and Everything is so dark
 
Live+Laugh+love said...
Feb. 15, 2010 at 11:53 am
i love it. this is sad but so true, many people are going through similiar situations, you arent alone. good use of repetition,keep writing. :)
 
sonnysulouff This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm
my mom is dying of cancer, so i really got this poem... i love the last two lines... great job, and im so sorry you had to suffer through this.
 
ellowsammiehere said...
Feb. 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm
this poem actually makes you think. you really got your emotions across to everyone;
 
simplyalone said...
Feb. 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm
wow, this is beautiful poem.
 
Ladie2 said...
Feb. 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm
my momma dead in i felt were you were kumn from
 
Stalkr Child said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 10:15 am
This poem spoke to me showing me how lucky i am to have my mother! Shall i stalk you!
 
LesleyChow replied...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 10:16 am
WE Shall stalker child we shall
 
rachelyanggggggg said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm
nice use of repetition to get the emotion across to your reader. Thank you for sharing!
 
LilyC said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 6:53 pm
You just made me cry. That is a very powerful poem, and definitely from the heart. You made me realize how lucky I am to have a mother. Keep writing!
 
kittkatbar0676 said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 11:43 am
I love the voice developing this piece, the memories. It's sad but melodic, like someone sighing at an inescapable something... Two thumbs up! :P
 
ashbash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 11:34 am
wow. this poem really got to me. i have a friend whos mother died, tho she was so young she cant remember her at all. keep writing, you show your emotions wonderfully!
 
Dandelion said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 9:03 am
I hope this isn't true, but I doubt that, because nobody could write about something false with such truth. I like the part about the "horrible" mothers, and it bothers me when people sigh and go on about them.
 
StephanieQueen said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm
wow that was amazing it made me want to cry you should keep writing that was amazing
 
earthy_kat said...
Jan. 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm
It's an incredibly deep poem. I liked it!
 
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