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What I Could Never Tell My Mother MAG

February 1, 2008
By Margaret Westenhoff, Reston, VA

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.



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cass said...
on Jan. 4 2010 at 7:07 pm
wow this was great it flowed really well and i relate :( youre really good!

8thGemini GOLD said...
on Jan. 4 2010 at 6:53 pm
8thGemini GOLD, Corning, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Don't cross oceans for people who wouldn't jump puddles for you.

I can almost relate to it...

on Jan. 4 2010 at 6:43 am
unicornlover BRONZE, Roslyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Love is a battlefield"

ur the biggest bost that ive seen thus far

on Jan. 4 2010 at 6:43 am
SDBalla531 BRONZE, Roslyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
If you talk to imaginary friends you will eventually find a friend.

10 outa 10

on Jan. 4 2010 at 5:49 am
xAllegria BRONZE, Singapore, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Ça fait tellement du bien d’aimer les gens qu’on aime, que ça finit par faire mal. Je sais pas comment on survit a ça. Non franchement, je sais pas. LOL (laughing out loud) ®, Lola.

Neat! It's definitely something I (and definitely other people) could relate to, and so well expressed ;)

on Jan. 2 2010 at 1:47 pm
irenerose PLATINUM, Lawton, Oklahoma
47 articles 1 photo 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King Jr.

its really great. i feel the same with my mom unfortunately. you put it together well and so that it relates with others. double thumbs up

on Jan. 1 2010 at 5:42 pm
kungfud00d BRONZE, Murphytown, West Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
Get up

I really love your word usage and how the whole thing led up to the end. Very well written

on Dec. 23 2009 at 8:19 pm
ilovetinkerbell GOLD, Raytown, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Be yourself!!!

Great job. I love it because i always feel this way.

merry christmas,

tink

on Dec. 15 2009 at 4:39 pm
The_Girl_Next_Door PLATINUM, Elkins, Arkansas
32 articles 1 photo 43 comments

Favorite Quote:
~*The mind has but a thousand eyes, and the heart is left with one...Yet the light of a whole life dies the moment love is done.*~

Wow. I enjoyed reading that. Sometimes I feel the same way.

on Dec. 13 2009 at 10:52 pm
-JustDance- PLATINUM, Medford, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"The manner in which we live and that in which we ought to live are things so wide asunder that he who quits the one to betake himself in the other is more likely to destroy than to save himself." ~Niccolo Machiavelli

So let us find the balance.

The last few lines were beautiful

on Dec. 13 2009 at 9:09 pm
writergirl22 SILVER, In, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Never frown. You never know who's falling in love with your smile." -Anounymous

i love the last two lines :)

on Dec. 13 2009 at 1:56 pm
<3 this is sooo good. i can totally agree with it. wonderful poem, very meaningful

on Dec. 13 2009 at 11:41 am
Claire_Milan PLATINUM, Waldorf, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Love that we cannot have is the one that lasts the longest, hurts the deepest, and feels the strongest because True Love cannot be found where it truly doesn't exist nor can it be hidden where it truly does."---A wise young man

Definitely agreeing with you 100%....Take it to the top.... Keep it up....

LIKEwhoaa GOLD said...
on Dec. 8 2009 at 8:20 pm
LIKEwhoaa GOLD, Carrollton, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
-Charles DuBois

i love this beause i know exactly what the poem is saying, there a bzillion thousand things my mom doesnt know GREATGREATGREAT job :)

<3

LaVonna SILVER said...
on Dec. 7 2009 at 12:34 pm
LaVonna SILVER, Owatonna, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"dont let education get in your way of learning" -my American Lit teacher

i never keep secrets from my moma :( mainly cuz i know she'll figure it out on her own someday.

on Dec. 3 2009 at 10:29 pm
teenwrite123 BRONZE, New York, New York
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this makes me sad for some reason.

on Nov. 30 2009 at 12:08 pm
MRS.ROCHE SILVER, Panama City, Florida
7 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
NEVER LEAVE THE ONE YOU LOVE FOR THE ONE YOU LUST BECAUSE THE OE YOU LUST WILL LEAVE YOU FOR THE ONE THEY LOVE

i am the same way with my mother... if you have time please check out my poems

DiceBaby GOLD said...
on Nov. 29 2009 at 12:31 am
DiceBaby GOLD, Hartford, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn

This poem was really great and it really descibed exactly how i feel everyday. this poem really spoke to me. Great job. an i loved the way referenced the aorta of the heart. that was really creative.

on Nov. 27 2009 at 6:32 pm
.xCutMyLifeIntoPiecesx. PLATINUM, Longmont, Colorado
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This seriously made me shiver. I really love it because it's so true, and you express it so beautifully! Keep writing. :)

on Nov. 24 2009 at 3:25 pm
scarletP SILVER, East Lansing, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"A smart girl listens but doesn't believe, kisses but doesn't love and leaves before she is left."
-- Marilyn Monroe

i absoluty LOVE this poem...it reminds me so much of my relationship with my mother. great job:)