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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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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!
3mmal33 said...
Jan. 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm
that was beautiful i acually felt what u felt u wrote in a way that not nly tells wats goin on it shows us
stmsgirl210 said...
Jan. 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm
This poem really is amazing!! It is beautiful and touching but also sad at the same time. The poem is so deep full with so many emotions. This poem felt like one of those you cant stop reading. Your an awesome writer dont stop writing.
Mohammed H. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm
This poem was amazing. The emotions come across really well. I applaud you for it.
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