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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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on Jan. 2 2010 at 6:18 am
PhoenixStorm123 SILVER, Torrington, Wyoming
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Favorite Quote:
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~Confucius

I love it. It has so many emotions.

on Dec. 18 2009 at 7:53 pm
LostAngel DIAMOND, Jersey, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Just live your life, if people don't like the way you are doing it then they can get out of it" "if you can't stand me at my worst you dont deserve me at my best"

This poem has brought me to tears. I love it though!

Ridelova101 said...
on Dec. 18 2009 at 6:30 pm
This poem was beautiful and full of emotions. I could see it. I could see the picture painted in my head. I loved it.

on Dec. 18 2009 at 5:25 pm
LeilaniLives PLATINUM, Fort Wayne, Indiana
42 articles 11 photos 128 comments

Favorite Quote:
"They say 'Life's two steps forward and one step back' - But what if I tripped and fell down the whole flight of stairs?"

You are beautiful. Inside, you are filled with raw emotion and talent. Never stop writing. Thank you for writing this.

Duckie430 said...
on Dec. 18 2009 at 12:19 pm
Duckie430, Riverside, Rhode Island
0 articles 0 photos 229 comments

Favorite Quote:
“The secret to life is being who you are and being happy with who you are.”
"Whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger."

this is so beautiful & emotional & real, your emotions really come across in the poem.

on Dec. 18 2009 at 11:56 am
Colorful4u SILVER, Orange, Texas
7 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-Leo Buscagilia

This was an amazing poem. I felt all the emotions.

seabee11 said...
on Dec. 18 2009 at 11:32 am
That was truly beautiful. I remember when my mom died. Now, I tell teens just like me to be grateful for their mothers even when they make them mad because they don't know what it feels like to not have one.

on Dec. 18 2009 at 11:31 am
peace_love_beauty PLATINUM, Florien, Louisiana
22 articles 35 photos 121 comments

Favorite Quote:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

Beautiful poem. I myself have not known what it is like to live without my mother, I could not even begin to imagine life right now without either of my parents. Great poem, keep writing. :)

on Dec. 18 2009 at 9:28 am
jahlieca BRONZE, Maynard, Massachusetts
2 articles 2 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
look in the mirror and shoot the first thing you see- by wiz khalifa

this is truly beautiful& sad. i don't know how it feels to not live with a mother but am dealing with the fact of helping my boyfriend through tough time because of the fact his dad died a week ago.

on Dec. 17 2009 at 5:15 pm
sasssgirrrl22 PLATINUM, Pearl River, New York
27 articles 0 photos 266 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Giving up is not a part of my vocabulary."
"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
"Truth be told I miss ya, truth be told I'm lying."

wow. truly beautiful. sad, but very powerful

on Dec. 15 2009 at 4:36 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. Truly beautiful. I remember when my sister died hearing everyone talk about how they hated their siblings but, lik you mentioned, I would give anything to have my older sister with me now. I know now that you shouldn't walk away angry because when she left that last time, I felt horrible because I never know it would be the end. I know I can never know exactly how you feel (Even though this poem was truly moving). I can never imagine because people handle things differently. Still I said I'm sorry...RIP to your mommy dearest. I was only 13 when my sis died and I can only hope that I will be with her some day.

on Dec. 9 2009 at 10:59 am
blue_punk_pixie, Robinson, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
dare to dream dare to fly. be the ever chosen on to touch the sky

this poem made me realize that some people dont have mothers. sometimes i tell ppl i cant satnd my mom. but after reading this i realized that if she were to die i would go crazy. i really do love my mom a whole lot more

on Nov. 26 2009 at 11:56 pm
ElijahN PLATINUM, Livonia, Michigan
31 articles 0 photos 150 comments

Favorite Quote:
"only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything."-Tyler Durdan -Fight Club-

oh wow...I just took a real hard look at this poem..i can't..even imagine losing my mother. i would be devastated. this, is something out of this world. powerful, imaginary, yet so real, something so heartbreaking sitting right next to me, breathing on my neck. beautiful poem. but it brings sadness to those super happy. that's how good it is.

on Nov. 26 2009 at 11:25 pm
ElijahN PLATINUM, Livonia, Michigan
31 articles 0 photos 150 comments

Favorite Quote:
"only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything."-Tyler Durdan -Fight Club-

this is amazing. hey check out my first one, Anarchy In The Soul ppl. :)

on Nov. 26 2009 at 11:20 pm
bamboom212 PLATINUM, Chestnut Ridge, New York
23 articles 0 photos 155 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The truth with a bad intent, is worse than any lie you can ever invent."
"You are smarter than you think. You are stronger than you look. You are braver than you feel."

amazing poem. im so sorry bout ur loss. You really found a gr8 way to tie it in with ur writing. I luv it. Keep it up!!

on Nov. 26 2009 at 9:22 pm
despurlock DIAMOND, Morgantown, West Virginia
79 articles 0 photos 179 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The heart has its reasons which reason does not know." -Pascal, Pensees, 1670

My mother died too, when I was twelve. And I can feel the pain and heartache that is laced within theis poem. It is a phenomenal piece and very worthy of being published. I have written some poems with a similar topic and Iwould love for you to check them out and lemme know what you think. Again, this poem is amazing. You are very talented! I still have goosebumps from your words. Fantastic work!

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on Nov. 26 2009 at 3:09 pm
AlbertP BRONZE, Long Beach, California
1 article 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm a human beeeeeeing."
"Be young. Be dope. Be proud."

this was very touching..i feel for those who are in the same situation:(..keep ur head up though:)!

on Nov. 26 2009 at 1:27 pm
yaelephant5 PLATINUM, Potomac, Maryland
29 articles 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits always before or behind."

Wow. That is so touching and powerful. I applaud you for sharing that with the world. Thanks.

Lheiiaa BRONZE said...
on Nov. 26 2009 at 8:23 am
Lheiiaa BRONZE, Zamboanga City, Other
3 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Learn from yesterday,Live for today, Hope for tomorrow".

" very beautiful! ... really liked it.."

on Nov. 26 2009 at 8:08 am
Miss_Bliss GOLD, Waban, Massachusetts
17 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If we did all the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."

-Thomas Edison

This was beautiful to read as a poem, and horrible when I remember that it was your actual experience... So sorry for your loss, and PLEASE keep letting it out through your writing!