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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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PurpleMidnight said...
Oct. 13, 2009 at 8:54 am
I....I don't know what to say. This is one of the best poems I've ever read. Remember, she's still there and she still loves you. :)
 
Jenna B. said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm
you don't know what you've got until its gone...
 
jmc.13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm
A superb and touching poem. You encompassed so many feelings of loss, heartache, anguish, sorrow, and frustration with a surprising and painful accuracy. Fantastic. Poignant. Brilliant. I think that says it all.
 
writer24/7/365 said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm
um....I wish I could say something but scotchtapedreams said it all!
 
scotchtapedreams This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 3:28 pm
You know what makes this such a wonderful poem? Look at all the comments -- everyone has something else to say. There are people who feel they can relate because their mothers have died, fathers have died, maternal figures have died, fathers have been removed from their lives even while still alive... And the people who haven't had similar experiences -- they were able to feel the pain through your insight. Everyone interpreted it in a different way, but you got the pain across so beautiful... (more »)
 
Dokidoki-rin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 11:40 am
wow.. I wish I could hug you. I hate hearing kids complain about parents or their house or clothes. they just don't get it. This poem is absolutely beautiful.
 
dylonmichael said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 9:56 am
its a very heartfelt poem i like it
 
AmbRawr This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm
To be honest, i don't see why you would find my poem complicated at all. Maybe you've never lost a parent, or a loved one? I don't know. And it's perfectly fine if you think it sucks, you still bothered to coment and it obviously made you think, wheather you got it or not, so I'm just happy you read it =]
 
This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm
How do you not get it? It's about this person losing their mom. (sorry, person who wrote this, i don't know if you're a boy or a girl) I think it's good, and even if I didn't, I would write a more original comment then "this sucks!"
 
GirlWithWings56 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm
This is the kind of thing that makes me realize just how disrespectful today's youth is. Jyom, don't you understand just how tender and emotional this poem is? How it's obviously about the author losing her mother, and how sad it is? I can't believe how insensitive some people are. AmbRawr, I loved the poem. Eloquent and beautiful. You're a great writer, and don't listen to anyone who says you aren't.
 
jmc.13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm
God, this whole dispute is stupid. Ignore whatever imbosol put down this beautiful creation.
And Jyom Alderman, get a life.
 
AmbRawr This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm
Thanks to everyone who has read and commented my poem. I'm always in shock when I get a new comment because I never thought anyone would even give a second glance at it =]
 
Jane P. replied...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 6:09 am
I thought it was great! So sad.
 
Sara B. said...
Aug. 24, 2009 at 1:47 pm
Greatttt♥
 
SweetXxXTart18 said...
Aug. 14, 2009 at 2:34 am
Oh my gosh. Thats powerful. I cant even imagine the pain u went thru. Im so sorry! Ur poem nearly made me cry! Definately award winning work to me!
 
Bria F. said...
Aug. 15, 2009 at 5:04 am
Beautiful, you have so much talent
 
shann09 said...
Aug. 15, 2009 at 5:17 am
wow. amazing. my mother died when i was in 5th grade. my father died when i was in kindergarden. so i kno how it feels when my friends complain about their parents and i feel like screaming "well at leat you have parents!" i am now 15. I still grieve over my parents, but i know that they are in a better place. i am a christian. :)
 
Lonleydandy said...
Jun. 27, 2009 at 2:33 am
It was really good, beautiful and heart wrenching. I would have cried, but ever sense It happened, I haven't been able to. A quote that i wrote fits my emotions for it perfectly. Here it is : "Tears are a symbol of Heart. Once it has been broken, they just stop coming.” It was AMAZING. I loved it.
 
Blue-eyed_Hippy-chick said...
Jun. 23, 2009 at 6:43 pm
Beautiful. Wondering if they woudld be proud of you is so hard. Made me want to cry
 
Nina F. said...
Jun. 21, 2009 at 3:57 am
I never knew what my friend meant when she said I'd regret saying I hate you an I wish you'd die an how horrible I say my mother is but your poem has opened up my eyes, It's beautiful life it truely is but if I ever lost my mother I would always be sad
 
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