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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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Philip_Hart said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Excellent job! Your work has a lot of good voice. Don't lose that! It does make those of people who complain about their mothers wonder what their life would be like if they were gone one day or just hardly in their memory. I enjoyed this very much. Keep up the good work!
!Sarah! said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm
I always believed that the best pieces of writing, always come from people who actually experience, rather than just imagine an experience, I'm not sure whether this actually happened to you and I assume that it did, because it was very, very good.
Peace182 said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 11:03 am
this poem is absolutly great. i almost cried..
Rennie replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm
Wow that is incredible. Very touching... and yes I cried.
Aro_To_The_Heart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 10:52 am
Oh, my god.... This poem is a masterpiece! It reached out to me and took hold on my very soul. The strength of the emotions flowing out is astounding and feels like crashing waves against my being. I got chills when I finished reading this. I'm GLAD this piece was published because you most certainly deserve the highest praises. It's people like you that I gain my inspirations from. The caliber of this poem is only something I could dream of achieving. Good job and good work! Keep it up!
Bailey*Belle said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 10:46 am
did this really happen to you? if it did i'm so sorry.... one of my best friends lost her mom when she was young and she was there with her.
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!
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