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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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Jun. 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm:
Whoa! Wow! This is so beautiful and heartbreaking. I am so sorry about your mother. I like how you express yourself about her in this piece. It is so good. I mean so outstanding. My mother died too and I wonder why so many people treat their mothers like she's not the queen of their world. I would be so fortunate to have a mother. People just don't know how lucky and fortunate they are.

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Sept. 10, 2009 at 6:56 pm :
i read your poem. It pained me to read becuase I knew what was coming, you expressed it in such a relatable way. My mother didn't have cancer but the whole hand holding thing got me... you're an amzing writer!
 
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Brandi K. said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm:
freaking awesome. i love it. my dad died. so i can relate.
 
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Moe L. said...
Jun. 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm:
I love this poem! It makes me appreciate that I have a mom and the words spoke to me and brought tears to my eyes! Wonderful job
 
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rachelmueller said...
Jun. 1, 2009 at 5:01 pm:
i thought the words spoke much! the way you wrote this had my heart squeezing in pain! it brought tears to my eyes and made me glad i have a mom no matter how mean she can be i still love you
 
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SilverDawn said...
Jun. 1, 2009 at 1:49 am:
this poem is amazing. the sad mood is set from the very first line and I love the "And I remember" startings. i'm sorry about your mother.
 
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Olivea said...
May 26, 2009 at 10:26 pm:
this was so beautiful, it made me cry
 
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Maxine said...
May 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm:
thet is really pretty!
 
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MZ123 said...
May 24, 2009 at 3:20 am:
so touching.. it makes me appreciate my mother and how she felt when her mom died from cancer my eyes watered up please continue to write
 
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hi2340 said...
May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm:
aleats you guys got to know your mom i nver got to know mine or if i even had any
 
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a_a said...
May 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm:
omg thats so pretty i really like it its so preety it reached my heart i feel like crying rite now its so preety that i want to hug some one right now and cry on their shoulders
thanks for the poem
it really got me thinkin of things things
 
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JasmineForever said...
May 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm:
I loved your poem it made me cry. It's really a great poem i love every word written!
JasmineForever
 
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writer2b said...
May 20, 2009 at 11:25 am:
OMG THIS IS SO GOOD AND WELL WRITTEN LUVED IT
 
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Elle S. said...
May 19, 2009 at 10:59 pm:
Your piece is alot like my life. My mother died when i was 7. i didn't know what to do or say. It's hard, harder then alot of people imagine. I'm sorry about your mother. But i hope you realize like i did that eventually, we all go back to the place where it all began. i miss my mom too. Your writing is amazing and uplifting.
 
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MissMyChem said...
May 19, 2009 at 9:48 pm:
Really Really well put together! love it!
My class is doing a poetry website hunt, and tennink was on the list to pick your favorite poem from teenink and describe it in detail.
I'm definetly picking yours!!!
 
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Sarah C. said...
May 18, 2009 at 9:25 pm:
This was great, it reminds me of someone close that I knew, she was like a mother to me. But it's true, people should really realize how great it is to have a mother, then to not have one.
 
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Brooke M. said...
May 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm:
That was awesome!
You deserved to be published in the magazine.
Will you please read my poem?
TeenInk.com/raw/Poetry/article/105205/Memories-of-You THANKS!
It's about my parents divorce.
 
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Tamara*Monta said...
May 17, 2009 at 4:03 am:
*WOW* That was soo good. I can truly relate to this poem because my dad died when I was 9 months old. So I really never knew him because I was so little. The part I liked was when you were talking about people saying their parent or mom was horrible. You can only wonder what it would be like to have a mom or dad and you wanna tell them how lucky they are and they just dont understand. This poem truly touched my heart. It was a greatly amazing poem... <3 Tamara <3
 
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madegclover6 said...
May 16, 2009 at 1:11 am:
that was really moving i lost a parent so i get what u mean. keep writing!
 
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KiKi3 said...
May 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm:
Your poem is so beautiful. I lost my mother when I was four, so I can truly relate. Keep writing!!
 
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