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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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LilyC said...
on Jan. 31 2010 at 6:53 pm
LilyC, Lexington, Massachusetts
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You just made me cry. That is a very powerful poem, and definitely from the heart. You made me realize how lucky I am to have a mother. Keep writing!

on Jan. 31 2010 at 11:43 am
beautifuldownfall, Kkk, Iowa
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I love the voice developing this piece, the memories. It's sad but melodic, like someone sighing at an inescapable something... Two thumbs up! :P

on Jan. 31 2010 at 11:34 am
iAmTheStardust PLATINUM, Moon Twp., Pennsylvania
36 articles 1 photo 94 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The prettiest flowers grow in the biggest pile of manure."

wow. this poem really got to me. i have a friend whos mother died, tho she was so young she cant remember her at all. keep writing, you show your emotions wonderfully!

on Jan. 31 2010 at 9:03 am
Dandelion PLATINUM, Franklin, Massachusetts
20 articles 8 photos 173 comments
I hope this isn't true, but I doubt that, because nobody could write about something false with such truth. I like the part about the "horrible" mothers, and it bothers me when people sigh and go on about them.

on Jan. 26 2010 at 9:09 pm
B.R.Nack SILVER, Grand Junction, Colorado
5 articles 0 photos 47 comments

Favorite Quote:
“...Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
--Stephen King

wow that was amazing it made me want to cry you should keep writing that was amazing

on Jan. 25 2010 at 4:14 pm
earthy_kat GOLD, Sebree, Kentucky
17 articles 1 photo 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today." - Hazel from the book Watership Down (by Richard Adams).

It's an incredibly deep poem. I liked it!

3mmal33 said...
on Jan. 19 2010 at 7:51 pm
that was beautiful i acually felt what u felt u wrote in a way that not nly tells wats goin on it shows us

on Jan. 9 2010 at 9:05 pm
stmsgirl210 BRONZE, Bartlett, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 2 comments
This poem really is amazing!! It is beautiful and touching but also sad at the same time. The poem is so deep full with so many emotions. This poem felt like one of those you cant stop reading. Your an awesome writer dont stop writing.

on Jan. 9 2010 at 6:42 pm
Mohammed Hussain GOLD, New York City, New York
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This poem was amazing. The emotions come across really well. I applaud you for it.

booklover said...
on Jan. 9 2010 at 6:40 pm
I loved it. very passionate and deep and i'm sorry for your lost i lost my grandfather and even though it was about five yeas ago sometimes i still expect him to be lying in bed or sitting in his room when i walk in.

ashleysbff said...
on Jan. 9 2010 at 5:44 pm
wow.thats all i can say.i can sorta feel ur pain b/c i was adopted by my aunt when i was 2 and rarely get to see my mother.u r an amazing writer and i hope u go far with writing in life.

on Jan. 9 2010 at 5:38 pm
ninjaaboo BRONZE, Ledyard, Connecticut
2 articles 10 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
boys call me when they feel freaky hott(:

This really gave me a good idea of what it's like to not have a mother. Your poem is very powerfull and really made me realize I take advantage of having a mom.

on Jan. 9 2010 at 4:51 pm
Agatha25 BRONZE, Surbiton, Other
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments
For this poem to get accros it's message properly is very hard, you have nailed this comletely. It is a very good poem. My brother died 2 years ago so I was used to him being around I felt crushed when I found out. I understand your sadness xxxx

on Jan. 9 2010 at 3:56 pm
oliviarose SILVER, Wellington, Florida
7 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Live as if you'll die tomorrow, learn as if you'll live forever." -Ghandi

This was very good, it was really powerful and sad but very well written too. Great job.

on Jan. 9 2010 at 1:22 pm
Internallybeautiful BRONZE, Tilson, New York
3 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass is it about learning how to dance in the rain"

i really liked this it gave me a ense of what it must feel like not to have a mother.Great Job

on Jan. 9 2010 at 11:28 am
fantasyfreak294 BRONZE, Somewhere Cool, Texas
3 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
it's not what you say you do that matters, it's what you show you do.

simply amazing. that last line and its poignant tone left me absolutely speechless.

on Jan. 9 2010 at 11:02 am
PinkCleats GOLD, Newark, Ohio
11 articles 0 photos 15 comments
Wow. So sad, but very good.

on Jan. 9 2010 at 9:12 am
CuteCourt101 SILVER, Newark, Delaware
9 articles 1 photo 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Acting like someone else is a waste of who you are!" ~Unknown

Wow! It left me speechless. I Love it!

EmelyJ GOLD said...
on Jan. 9 2010 at 8:46 am
EmelyJ GOLD, Bronx, New York
10 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A mistake is not a mistake if you learn from it. If you learn from it, it's not a mistake, it's a lesson."

Amazing!!! Your words are music to my ears!!!!!!!!!!!

on Jan. 4 2010 at 8:22 pm
waiting... SILVER, Harvard, Illinois
6 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
The most beautiful discovery that true friends make - is that they can grow separately without growing apart