What I Could Never Tell My Mother This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

February 1, 2008
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What I could never tell my mother
Isn’t her fault; it’s mine
It’s things wrapped inside of me, coiled like wire with the filament exposed
She could accept them – those things – I’m sure
Maybe even love them the way she loves me; little puzzle pieces
That fell out of the box when we were putting it under the sofa
After we almost finished the puzzle together
But I hide them inside my deepest aorta
Keeping them safe because who wants to grab a still-beating heart?
It would kill me to take those secrets out
So my mother may know they exist
But she lets me keep them.
And maybe that’s the real secret, the one that
Shhhh
She doesn’t know –
It’s that I need some secrets of my own.

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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kindspirit02 said...
today at 1:27 am
I love it!
 
Anna.E.M said...
Mar. 9 at 8:01 pm
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BreezetteThis 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...
Jan. 26 at 3:07 pm
Best poem I've evvveeeeeer read!!!
 
HIGGmoney said...
Jan. 26 at 3:06 am
This is great I love it!! Your writing is really good
 
Lily">This 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...
Jan. 8 at 2:01 am
i love this !
 
B"> said...
Dec. 14, 2017 at 2:58 am
Wow,I love this so much and it's relateable. Beautiful writing :)
 
skywenk said...
Dec. 12, 2017 at 9:36 am
I can relate with this so much .. my mom knows what I do even though I may never tell her, but in a way they are still my own secrets.
 
maeve15This 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. 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm
that last line was perfect!
 
Rachelle-MaeThis 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...
May 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm
This is awesome!
 
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Feb. 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm
Please Check out Recent Poetry!
 
LaurenKittyThis 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. 8, 2017 at 10:52 am
wow! that was great!
 
societyis.suicidal said...
Feb. 8, 2017 at 9:18 am
I am sppechless, see? i cant even spell any more!
 
KittyKat1201 said...
Sept. 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm
I love this~~
 
MysteriousErudite said...
Aug. 16, 2016 at 11:17 am
Wait I read this already wasn't htis already top voted?
 
chsongbird This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 11, 2016 at 9:53 am
This poem really got to me. So beautiful and so honest. Amazing.
 
Yoela said...
Apr. 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm
This is really beautiful.
 
13stars said...
Apr. 28, 2016 at 10:20 am
Great work, it really touches my heart that you so fully grasp this concept and were able to put it out there so refined. Really speaks to me, my heart, and my soul!
 
WhiteHairedKid said...
Apr. 6, 2016 at 9:26 am
You Got talent you should go to a poet contest :P
 
Yeabsera said...
Nov. 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm
I totally understand this, I wrote something similar to it. Great job. :)
 
NandiniKThis 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. 21, 2015 at 8:57 am
This is really awesome!
 
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