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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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xLpoet SILVER said...
on Feb. 22 2010 at 4:18 pm
xLpoet SILVER, Bristow, Virginia
6 articles 0 photos 43 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It is not the length of life but the depth of life"- Ralph Waldo Emerson

So beautiful, descriptive and paints imagery that is special and makes me want to cherish all that I love.

on Feb. 22 2010 at 2:04 pm
Jesusflowers SILVER, Montgomery, Alabama
5 articles 3 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
God did not give me a spirit of fear but one of power and of love and of sound mind

I loved your poem i loved how you expressed your feelings this is whats poetry is all about allowing the reader to see what you see and feel what you feel this was simply amazing

on Feb. 22 2010 at 12:44 pm
Philip_Hart BRONZE, Olathe, Kansas
2 articles 0 photos 15 comments
Excellent job! Your work has a lot of good voice. Don't lose that! It does make those of people who complain about their mothers wonder what their life would be like if they were gone one day or just hardly in their memory. I enjoyed this very much. Keep up the good work!

!Sarah! BRONZE said...
on Feb. 22 2010 at 12:39 pm
!Sarah! BRONZE, Deckerville, Michigan
2 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Is it raining in there? It's raining out here too."
Winnie the Pooh and his Reflection. :D

I always believed that the best pieces of writing, always come from people who actually experience, rather than just imagine an experience, I'm not sure whether this actually happened to you and I assume that it did, because it was very, very good.

on Feb. 22 2010 at 12:03 pm
Tigerlily11 GOLD, South China, Maine
18 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is not what i want but what i need

come and see sometimes goodbye is a second chance and Everything is so dark

on Feb. 22 2010 at 11:03 am
Peace182 BRONZE, Philadelphia, Tennessee
1 article 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
Everyone has a dream, but its up to you to make that dream a reality. Life is to short not to.

this poem is absolutly great. i almost cried..

on Feb. 22 2010 at 10:52 am
Aro_To_The_Heart PLATINUM, Mandeville, Louisiana
47 articles 7 photos 49 comments

Favorite Quote:
Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than hands?

-Ernest Gaines.

Oh, my god.... This poem is a masterpiece! It reached out to me and took hold on my very soul. The strength of the emotions flowing out is astounding and feels like crashing waves against my being. I got chills when I finished reading this. I'm GLAD this piece was published because you most certainly deserve the highest praises. It's people like you that I gain my inspirations from. The caliber of this poem is only something I could dream of achieving. Good job and good work! Keep it up!

on Feb. 22 2010 at 10:46 am
BaileyBelle SILVER, Wiley, Colorado
5 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A champion is someone who gets up when they can't"
- Jack Dempsey

"Be who you are and say what you want because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

did this really happen to you? if it did i'm so sorry.... one of my best friends lost her mom when she was young and she was there with her.

on Feb. 22 2010 at 10:31 am
seahorse BRONZE, Kärdla, Other
4 articles 3 photos 9 comments
Very beautiful and sad at the same time i like it a lot!

on Feb. 22 2010 at 12:22 am
AmeVoleur BRONZE, Kaikoura, Other
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
For attractive lips,
speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes,
seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure,
share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair,
let a child run his fingers through it once a day.

For poise,
walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone...

People, even more than things,
have to be restored, renewed, revived,
reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed ...

Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a
helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.
One for helping yourself, the other for helping others".

such a sad poem. amazing though. keep writing.
please look at my poems and please post feedback
http ://www.teenink .com /poetry/free_verse/article/147125/I-Wish/

on Feb. 21 2010 at 7:54 pm
rachey0924 BRONZE, Wayne, New Jersey
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"Love all, trust few. Do wrong to none.\"

This poem is so sad, but beautiful!

on Feb. 21 2010 at 12:10 pm
mandielynnrose GOLD, Tucson, Arizona
10 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

Wow this is very powerful and really makes me think, my own mother died when I was five but soon after I got a stepmother so I never really felt sadness. I think this poem is really great.

on Feb. 19 2010 at 2:56 pm
lovebabylove. GOLD, Mastic Beach, New York
11 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"in true love a boy does not need to unbutton a girl's shirt in order to see her heart.".

this is my favirote poem i have read on here so far. so many people can relate to this. and it's truley written. amazing.<3

hope4you said...
on Feb. 15 2010 at 11:53 am
hope4you, Williamston, Michigan
0 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"NEVER LET ANYONE MAKE YOU OUT TO BE LESS THAN WHO YOU TRULY ARE....STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF"

i love it. this is sad but so true, many people are going through similiar situations, you arent alone. good use of repetition,keep writing. :)

on Feb. 10 2010 at 8:08 pm
sonnysulouff BRONZE, Clarendon Hills, Illinois
4 articles 0 photos 34 comments
my mom is dying of cancer, so i really got this poem... i love the last two lines... great job, and im so sorry you had to suffer through this.

justsamm. GOLD said...
on Feb. 9 2010 at 2:20 pm
justsamm. GOLD, Haverhill, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
hide my face;
from my tears.
my weakest link
controls my fears.

this poem actually makes you think. you really got your emotions across to everyone;

on Feb. 5 2010 at 8:48 pm
forget_me_not SILVER, Chesapeake, Virginia
8 articles 0 photos 30 comments
wow, this is beautiful poem.

Ladie2 BRONZE said...
on Feb. 5 2010 at 12:31 pm
Ladie2 BRONZE, Greenville, Alabama
4 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
You don't know who love you until they are gone.

my momma dead in i felt were you were kumn from

LesleyChow said...
on Feb. 1 2010 at 10:16 am
WE Shall stalker child we shall

Stalkr Child said...
on Feb. 1 2010 at 10:15 am
This poem spoke to me showing me how lucky i am to have my mother! Shall i stalk you!