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What I Could Never Tell My Mother MAG

February 1, 2008
By Anonymous

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
She doesn’t know –
It’s that I need some secrets of my own.

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Maddie265 said...
on Oct. 15 2020 at 8:44 am
Maddie265, Ewing, New Jersey
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I really like this poem. The secrecy of secrets yet, a mother knowing but they are still your secrets. The idea of it seems very real to teenagers. It's great work.

on Apr. 24 2018 at 1:27 am
kindspirit02 SILVER, Escondido, California
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Favorite Quote:
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you" - Maya Angelou

I love it!

AeM GOLD said...
on Mar. 9 2018 at 8:01 pm
AeM GOLD, Gainesville, Florida
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Hello everyone! I am new to this website and have recently started writing and publishing some poems of my own. It would mean a lot to me if some of you could take a look at them and give me feedback :) Thank you so much

on Jan. 26 2018 at 3:07 pm
Breezette DIAMOND, Uniontown, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
Every Time I even think of you, all those bad memories just fade away, 'cause your smile's enough, you're enough...

Best poem I've evvveeeeeer read!!!

on Jan. 26 2018 at 3:06 am
HIGGmoney SILVER, Bloomington, Minnesota
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This is great I love it!! Your writing is really good

i love this !

Wow,I love this so much and it's relateable. Beautiful writing :)

slew_14 SILVER said...
on Dec. 12 2017 at 9:36 am
slew_14 SILVER, Haymarket, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
it is better to be alone then in bad company - George Washington

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.

on Sep. 16 2017 at 2:22 pm
maeve15 PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde

that last line was perfect!

on May. 29 2017 at 2:10 pm
Rachelle-Mae PLATINUM, Gb, New Jersey
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This is awesome!

on Feb. 8 2017 at 3:50 pm
caroline.wishner BRONZE, Toledo, Ohio
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Please Check out Recent Poetry!

on Feb. 8 2017 at 10:52 am
Travelergirl DIAMOND, Central, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on"- Unknown

wow! that was great!

on Feb. 8 2017 at 9:18 am
Thisisreal_life PLATINUM, Manhattan, Kansas
48 articles 3 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"so do it. Decide. Is this the person you want to be? Is this the life you want to live? Is this the best you can be?"
"I survived the fire because the fire within me burns brighter than the one around me"

I am sppechless, see? i cant even spell any more!

on Sep. 15 2016 at 6:19 pm
KittyKat1201 SILVER, Hoschton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"Live life like you own it"

I love this~~

on Aug. 16 2016 at 11:17 am
MysteriousErudite SILVER, Beaverton, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"Welcome to my humble abode." -Pride and Prejudice

Wait I read this already wasn't htis already top voted?

on Jun. 11 2016 at 9:53 am
chsongbird GOLD, Arlington, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything"

This poem really got to me. So beautiful and so honest. Amazing.

Yoela PLATINUM said...
on Apr. 28 2016 at 8:55 pm
Yoela PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"My powers stretch over the horizon and work even when my eyes are closed"

This is really beautiful.

13stars GOLD said...
on Apr. 28 2016 at 10:20 am
13stars GOLD, Frisco, Texas
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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!

on Apr. 6 2016 at 9:26 am
You Got talent you should go to a poet contest :P

Yeabsera said...
on Nov. 26 2015 at 3:40 pm
Yeabsera, Nashville, Tennessee
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I totally understand this, I wrote something similar to it. Great job. :)