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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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kaiterbug said...
Oct. 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm:
First of all I will start off by saying that your poem is ok. The meaning of your poem was clear and cohesive throughout and I applaud you for that. I will not sit here and tell you I know what you’re character is feeling because I don’t. I feel like you should have tried to evoke more empathy than sympathy. I think a poem is more effective when you use empathy (relating to people who feel the same as you do) than just simply having them give you sympathy (feel sorry for you). The fl... (more »)
 
writingriver05 replied...
May 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm :
sorry to grade your post but to alot of people this poem wont make sense probally only to those who lost what she lost ok?
 
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Berenice U. said...
Oct. 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm:
I  really enjoyed your poem.It uses imagery and describes clearly how you feel at that point in time.
 
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vividoom said...
Oct. 17, 2012 at 10:06 am:
i feeel like this peice is very realistic and very relatable because i lost my mom very young and it describes how i felt exactly so keep up the good work
 
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TheSkyOwesMeRainThis 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...
Sept. 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm:
Wow, beautiful poem :) You conveyed the emotions perfectly...
 
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Magnetar said...
Sept. 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm:
This is a powerful poem that conveys deep emotion.
 
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PoeticTwirler This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm:
Yout poem was absolutly beautiful. I was able o feel your emotions. Wonderful job!
 
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Shaniawaloven said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 10:54 am:
I really like your poem. I understand what you mean, but it was my dad who died. Great work!
 
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Yourboggert1 said...
Sept. 13, 2012 at 8:22 am:
i really enjoyed this. ofcourse it was sad but still, very good. your emotions were so clear and to the point! keep it up and let all your pain turn to beauty.
 
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Memory2 said...
Sept. 6, 2012 at 6:59 am:
I feel her pain and really dig deep for her with this. I'm so so sorry for ur lost and I pray that she will always be with u
 
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remember16 said...
Sept. 6, 2012 at 6:54 am:
amazing poem, 
 
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AnimeFallenAngel said...
Sept. 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm:
This wasso amazing! I am sorry for your loss :(
 
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Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm:
This was so powerful. Your use of repitition and imagery are inspired. Im so sorry about your mother. You're a fantastic writer. If you don't mind, I'd love to hear your opinion of my poem Broken Structure. Cheers. :)
 
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TheEvanescent said...
Aug. 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm:
You've done a brilliant job there.! I could totally relate to the pain and longing of the child to the angelic mother who is long gone. My favourite lines:
"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"
Beautiful! Also the image..
Its lovely..Keep writing. Best wishes! :)
 
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quetta.1996 said...
Aug. 12, 2012 at 8:05 am:
wonderful poem, I'm new here and i have a new poem so check it out on my page :)
 
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vazenitran98 said...
Aug. 12, 2012 at 7:30 am:
This is an amazing poem. Full of wonder and beauty. That's exactly what poems are. Keep writing and I hope to see more of your work!!
 
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Ollieanne said...
Aug. 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm:
simply lovely, the ending completes the piece in the most heartbreakingly beautiful way. My heart goes out to you, and please keep writing you are one of the best <3
 
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Ollieanne said...
Aug. 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm:
simply lovely, the ending completes the piece in the most heartbreakingly beautiful way. My heart goes out to you, and please keep writing you are one of the best <3
 
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gaabbybThis 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...
Jul. 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm:
This is so beautiful, the ending was absolutly perfect. Amazing. 
 
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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...
Jul. 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm:
This is absolutely beautiful. I loved it. Keep on writing!
 
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