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Memories MAG

December 17, 2008
By AmbRawr BRONZE, Allentown, Pennsylvania
AmbRawr BRONZE, Allentown, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
We choose the love we think we deserve ~The Perks

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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on Nov. 6 2015 at 9:30 am
jvseph.h BRONZE, Plaquemine, LA, Louisiana
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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?

on Nov. 4 2015 at 12:59 pm
raleighr BRONZE, Plaq, Louisiana
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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.

on Oct. 27 2015 at 6:05 am
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All hair stood up while I read your sorry for your loss but stay strong and keep writing as you have that talent... all the best and goodluck!!!:)

on Sep. 13 2015 at 1:23 am
Katyaini SILVER, Greater Noida, Other
9 articles 0 photos 85 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is like a chocolate covered chilly....

Some succeed because they're destined to;
Most succeed because they're determined too

I totally agree with @Summerstar.I know this loss can never be lightened, but the truth is that you'll find a remnant of her in your every action. Keep Writing.

on Aug. 12 2015 at 6:36 pm
meaganrosemarie SILVER, Waterbury, Connecticut
5 articles 4 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
L'amore vince sempre.

I felt this on a very personal level, I wrote something similar entitled "Since January 10th, 2010," I was thirteen at the time and as the years pass by, it only gets harder. It's haunting to not remember the voice of the person who made me everything I am today. Keep writing from the heart. This was beautiful and I'm sure you're touching something deep inside so many of us. Really good.

on Jul. 31 2015 at 7:09 pm
Summerstar SILVER, Clinton, Utah
9 articles 1 photo 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
“For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in your ways. And they will bear you up in their hands…” Psalms 91:11-12

Excellent work, a beautiful poem, I'm sorry for your loss, but keep writing, you have a gift.

Tabster said...
on Jun. 9 2015 at 12:24 pm
this really gets to you. It makes you take a step back and think about what the people around you are really going through.

ooops said...
on May. 26 2015 at 3:59 pm
ooops, Erie, Pennsylvania
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The opposite of war isn't peace; it's creation" - Jonathan Larson (RENT)

This is beautiful. Stay strong.

on May. 4 2015 at 10:11 am
passion_poet19 GOLD, Jacksonville, Florida
12 articles 0 photos 49 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Someday i would stop wondering where i went wrong and know where i went right"

this made me cry but also made me stop taking my mother for granted your words are very powerful to me and im sorry for your lost threw you feelings you have help bring me and my moter closer! :)

Setizia GOLD said...
on Apr. 9 2015 at 12:17 pm
Setizia GOLD, Darnestown, Maryland
13 articles 5 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
The purpose of life is to search eternally for the purpose of life

Really like the part about the stuffing machine and its implications of dehumanization, and how it connects with one of the overarching themes of appreciating the value of people. Good work :)

on Feb. 27 2015 at 12:58 am BRONZE, Plainfield, Illinois
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
we are graduating members from the class of f*** off i made it

so touching and even without being able to understand what your going through still so much emotion. beautifully done

on Feb. 18 2015 at 5:16 pm
Eleanor4 PLATINUM, Christchurch, Other
21 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

This reminds me of when I lost my father. Frightening and haunting but so... real

on Jan. 14 2015 at 9:13 pm
BaileeBoo BRONZE, San Antonio, Texas
3 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"This world is but a canvas to our imagination."
-Henry David Thoreau

That is beautiful.

Rachana1999 said...
on Jan. 14 2015 at 5:43 am
Wow..Amazing..Gosh, I'm so speechless.

on Dec. 15 2014 at 12:33 pm
QureyannaWrites BRONZE, South Bend, Indiana
3 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
if this was my forever I would not want to spend it.
-Sarah Dessen

amazing. amzing. amazing. amazing a thousand times amazing.

on Nov. 22 2014 at 5:32 am
Enigmapleet BRONZE, Calicut,kerala, Other
3 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
Believe in yourself.........

heart broker.....  

C.N.M. GOLD said...
on May. 16 2014 at 12:21 pm
C.N.M. GOLD, Carteret, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel."

-Johnny Depp

I am very sorry for your loss and this poem if very beautiful and so inspiring.

on Apr. 2 2014 at 1:34 pm
Kathryn Stone BRONZE, Grandville, Michigan
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I absolutely loved this!! 

on Mar. 14 2014 at 6:43 pm
ShantelA. BRONZE, Chesapeake, Virginia
1 article 0 photos 1 comment
I am sorry about your lost I cant imagine how that must feel to loose your mother but the way you wrote this poem about her was simply amazing its just beautiful you did such a great job I LOVED it.

on Mar. 2 2014 at 5:43 am
NostradamusClaims, New Delhi, Other
0 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing
there is a field
i'll meet you there

this is simply beautiful...