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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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EmpressPennThis 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...
today at 11:25 am
*snaps* that is DEEP!!
 
Ssneha said...
Jul. 4 at 6:50 am
Wow. I really love this.
 
Isabell_PilarskiThis 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...
Apr. 12 at 1:02 pm
Love it.It's amazing
 
HereSheIsThis 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...
Apr. 7 at 4:44 pm
Woah I love it. So emotional and perfect, especially the lines about her glasses
 
Jenifer_cornejo said...
Dec. 8, 2016 at 1:28 pm
wow this is really great you used very good description ,imagery , very good hook and ending.
 
ZOEDETTMER said...
Oct. 13, 2016 at 11:08 pm
GREAT JOB XXXXX
 
Ebaby said...
Oct. 13, 2016 at 11:08 pm
This is very emotional and deep. I love the feels it gives me.
 
ZOEDETTMER said...
Oct. 13, 2016 at 11:06 pm
SO GOOD, I HAD SO MANY EMOTIONS GOING THROUGH ME JUST COULD'NT PUT A HANDLE ON IT XXXX
 
ChelseaRowley said...
Oct. 13, 2016 at 11:06 pm
so many emotions in one poem omg cant handle it!xxx
 
fatcakes said...
Oct. 13, 2016 at 10:53 pm
that is very deep and personal. thank you or sharing. that was a great poem
 
pineappler03 said...
Aug. 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm
So much emotion is here. It's mazing how you can take such a sad memory, and put it into your readers head. It's almost like we live within the plot as we read the poem. Amazing job.
 
DebbieCupcake said...
May 27, 2016 at 10:51 pm
This is very good. I love it. I could really feel your emotion. Great work
 
RaucousRaven said...
Mar. 15, 2016 at 7:42 pm
Great work! Far better than #1 you deserve that placement.
 
ScarletBaka said...
Jan. 8, 2016 at 11:04 pm
SO SWEET!!! AHH IM TOUCHED :((
 
Eric_XuThis 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...
Dec. 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm
Reading this was heartwrenching. I've never lost someone that close to me before, but this impacted me very emotionally. You're very talented at this, good job!
 
ImaginationIsImportant said...
Dec. 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm
Sometimes I wonder why bad things happen to good people. I wonder why our loved ones have to leave us, without a goodbye..or without a hug or a smile. and I felt this way when my gramma passed away, 3 months ago. She was like my second mum, but I cant even imagine what it would be like to lose the person who gave birth to me. I'm sorry for your loss. And you're a really talented writer...your mom would be proud of you :)
 
LilCuz1322This 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...
Nov. 19, 2015 at 11:52 am
Sometimes I wonder why someone has to leave. I couldn't understand. Relating to this I still feel like I'm in disbelief. You are talented
 
writer-violistThis 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...
Nov. 18, 2015 at 11:03 pm
Awesome! Very talented writer!! :) Please keep writing and God bless! :-)
 
jvseph.h said...
Nov. 6, 2015 at 9:30 am
your poem "Memories" reminds me of my grandpa's death. It basically sums up my grandpa's death. i said the same thing "what happen too my mother?" except I said what happen to my grandpa?
 
raleighr said...
Nov. 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm
The poem "Memories" reminds me of the time my grandfather died. “And I remember it hitting me” the day he passed. I as well cherish these moments and could not agree more.
 
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