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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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soccerfreak6 said...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm
This is such a good poem, it made me cry
 
akbrgurl said...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm
This poem is beautiful, almost moved me to tears.
 
R.S.H said...
Nov. 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm
This poem really tells a story. I know that everyone have their own opinion about their mother.... but you don't. I do agree with you that they don't know how lucky they are. But the thing is... not everyone is the same. Wonderful poem, I love it.
 
sunshine7223 said...
Nov. 18, 2011 at 3:05 am
I've read quite a few poems on this site, and I must say yours is literally the ONLY one I have liked so far. I honestly think it is brilliant. Keep writing. I enjoyed it. I love your choice of words, and the method you used. (:
 
BipolarMessX.X said...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm
I have alot of respect for you and this poem. I know it isnt easy, i lost my father at age 11. You expired me to write a piece on him. thank you ^.^
 
jshawts said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 8:52 am
Wow. This is an absolutely amazing poem! Although I can't relate, it opened up my eyes. Thank you for your wonderful words.
 
sunriseusnset said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm
i think many can relate to this, including myself. i like the questions you ask. they give vivid detail that's a bit haunting. great job.
 
AllMeAllTheTime said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Wow that was truely amazing and i know how you feel my mother died when i was young!
 
Lizered13 said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 10:34 am
I just want you to know I really liked that poem. It was sad at the same time it was something i couldnt stop reading untill i got to the end. Nice Job!
 
youngspeare said...
Oct. 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm
One word AMAZING! 
 
margot13 said...
Oct. 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm
This poem is beautiful. I swear I started tearing up.
 
CreativelyUnique said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 7:29 am
This poem is really powerful, I can really feel the strong emotion. You did a great job, keep up the good work
 
Lady-Milano said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm
i was one of the people who always complained,but from today onwards im thankfull i still have a mother. great poem
 
Natasha1994 said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

it is very deep and very good i can feel the emotion with the words  i am sorry for what you went through

 

 
DamonSalvatore1864 said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm
Very deep. I love it.
 
blwblw1 said...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm
i never knew there was such a great writter so close to me........great job:)
 
MarieLouiseA said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 10:53 am
This is a great piece of work. (: If anyone could read some of my work and give me some feedback i'd really appriciate it, im new to this (:
 
Lexie96 said...
Oct. 22, 2011 at 10:51 am
Great poem, beautiful really. Maybe you could check out my poem sometime?
 
irishlass317 said...
Oct. 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm
This is amazing. I absolutely loved it!
 
novella_vialli said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm
I really liked your poem!
 
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