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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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KrystalT said...
Apr. 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm:
The part about being tired of hearing others talk about their aweful moms really hit a nerve with me. I'm in foster care and legally speaking I don't have parents. I just wish people would be more greatful for who and what they have. You can't fully appriciate something until it's gone.
 
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writer3499 said...
Apr. 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm:
Beautiful!!! I love this... could you comment on my work if you get a chance! This is amazing
 
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livingwithhope said...
Apr. 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm:
I feel like you just read my mind and wrote it down. This was amazingg .
 
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flywiththebirds said...
Apr. 5, 2012 at 10:53 am:
it takes a lot to make me cry (I didn't even cry about "My Sister's Keeper") and this almost did. it reminds me of my dad (suicide) and my two little brothers (one was miscarried, one was born too early)
 
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VivaciousVirgoVixen said...
Mar. 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm:
I am almost in tears... I love it!! :'(
 
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TaurusGal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 27, 2012 at 3:18 am:
Wow... I felt the emotion... It was so great.  One of my  favourite work.
 
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Shortty1314 said...
Mar. 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm:
very emotional :( i can really relate..but in a different way !! great job !!
 
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HMoreauThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 15, 2012 at 10:16 am:
This made me cry! It was so good and emotional. Love it!!!!
 
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writer3499 said...
Mar. 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm:
This is really great! It was so emotional...love it!!
 
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Let-Love-In said...
Mar. 11, 2012 at 9:52 am:
i dont even know what to say, this made me cry. you are so talented and no one should ever take anyone for granted, because they could be gone the next day. sad, emotional, beautiful, amazing work. 
 
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Sapphire1225This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 11, 2012 at 3:31 am:
this is beautiful <3 love this piece!!!
 
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MeHeartYou said...
Feb. 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm:

by the end of this, i was waiting for the tears to fall from my eyelids....

love you mom<3

 
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RunningGinger said...
Feb. 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm:
I love my mother so much, and I hope I never lose her! I understand love and loss my great grandmother tought me alot and then died last year. I think your piece was written beautifully... Keep writing! :)
 
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phlogistonThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm:
This is so good! And just so sad. Wow.
 
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Garrett93 said...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm:
Very well written! Your descriptions provide great imagery. If you have time, please check out some of my work and let me know what you think of them. Keep writing!
 
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randilee said...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm:
This is wonderful. You are a very talented writer.
 
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CoolBreeze This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 2:25 am:
This is so beautiful.
 
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Margaret252 said...
Feb. 10, 2012 at 3:03 am:
jst cant stop readin it over again..simply beautiful
 
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HazyeyesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm:
i think this poem is amazing; it's just beautiful!!
 
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Hailstorm13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm:
This poem is sad, but very well written. I cannot relate to the narrator but reading this had the imagry that helped me to better understand it
 
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