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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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Brinikins said...
on Feb. 12 2014 at 10:16 am
Brinikins, Peoria, Arizona
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This poem left me with tears! Wonderful job i absolutely loved it!

Lizzy17 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 9 2013 at 11:45 pm
Lizzy17 BRONZE, Cumberland, Rhode Island
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This poem is raw and heartfelt and beautifully written.

quoter said...
on Oct. 14 2013 at 6:08 pm
quoter, Glenview, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"If who I am is what I have and what I have is lost, then who am I?"

This is AMAZING!  anyways please check out my poems too!!!! <3

necci SILVER said...
on Oct. 1 2013 at 6:21 pm
necci SILVER, Denver, Colorado
8 articles 0 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
-Women are many things to humans, but the one thing they are not is dominated by men.
-If a single act of hate can do so much damage, what can a single act of kindness do?

That's AMAZING! I love the poem, it was heartwarming, yet sad. I look forward to reading more of your work.

on Aug. 1 2013 at 7:50 am
DerickJerome BRONZE, Cleveland, Ohio
1 article 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
To Live The Life You Seek , Be The best you Can be.

Yeah i understand especially since i did at the age 3

on Aug. 1 2013 at 7:49 am
DerickJerome BRONZE, Cleveland, Ohio
1 article 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
To Live The Life You Seek , Be The best you Can be.

This is really good . I can relate to this so much especially knowinh how it feels. This Is Beautiful . Keep it up . And if you get a chance check out my poem "Only in Fairy Tales"

on Jul. 5 2013 at 12:43 am
AdrianaMartinez SILVER, Goose Creek, South Carolina
7 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
Carpe Diem .

The words flow smoothly from line to line. The central idea of remembering and wishing for your mother to be there, gave me goosebumps. The ending made the poem come back full circle, and stuck very well with the poem. This was a phenomenal piece of art which I truly enjoyed reading.

on Jun. 7 2013 at 12:52 pm
AkemiMitsukai BRONZE, Metamora, Michigan
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it."
~ Neil Gaiman

Absolutely beautiful.  I really can't imagine what it would be like to lose your mother so young, but I could almost feel the hollowness you felt.

on Jun. 2 2013 at 10:31 pm
StarGazer9 GOLD, Marana, Arizona
19 articles 0 photos 79 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do."

Awww. I'm going to go sit in a corner now and cry. Really good

on May. 27 2013 at 8:12 am
haley101 DIAMOND, Windsor, Connecticut
70 articles 5 photos 195 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

― Mary Oliver

i love the imagery in this piece. it gives a very real face to tragedy and is incredible. keep up the good work. and i'd love it if you commented on some of mine :)  

itsana GOLD said...
on May. 25 2013 at 5:37 pm
itsana GOLD, Plano, Texas
12 articles 0 photos 47 comments

Favorite Quote:
"best way to save humanity is to turn the monsters against one another"~neil shusterman

I can relate to this so much. It's truly beautiful and it has the questions I have been asking my whole life.

on May. 11 2013 at 1:59 pm
writingriver05 SILVER, Boise, Idaho
8 articles 0 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Reach for the moon, even if you miss you'll land amongst the stars."

sorry to grade your post but to alot of people this poem wont make sense probally only to those who lost what she lost ok?

on Apr. 24 2013 at 12:56 pm
Breezey PLATINUM, Orange City, Iowa
21 articles 0 photos 16 comments
Nice Job!!! please rate and review some of my work .. im 15 and just started writing  

on Apr. 23 2013 at 12:28 pm
evalash PLATINUM, Jennings, Louisiana
25 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
love is a gamble

Great job!!!!!!!!! you should check out some of my work.

on Apr. 11 2013 at 12:20 pm
gerekdb38 BRONZE, Oskosh, Wisconsin
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments
Great, But sad

on Mar. 27 2013 at 10:06 pm
Propheteer GOLD, Sudbury, Other
13 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there's two things: You're getting off first, or I'm going to die. It's really that simple, right?
You're not going to out-work me. It's such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball. The majority of people who aren't getting the places they want or aren't achieving the things that they want in this business is strictly based on hustle. It's strictly based on being out-worked; it's strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready.”

― Will Smith

This will have you tearing up! Well done!

on Mar. 20 2013 at 5:29 am
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
75 articles 16 photos 1136 comments

Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

That was heart-wrenching....

MissBritt said...
on Mar. 15 2013 at 8:51 am
MissBritt, Irwin, Pennsylvania
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be." -Michael Gambon

I really really loved this! It's so moving  and the imagery in it is incredible! Wonderful job :)

Jasquel03 said...
on Feb. 4 2013 at 7:34 pm
Jasquel03, Apopka, Florida
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Two Things Are Infinite:
The Universe and Human Stupidity,
and I'm Not Sure About The Universe"
Albert Einstein

Just Keep Writing And Never Give Up!! You Are Very Talented and Inspirational.. Good Job

on Feb. 1 2013 at 1:38 pm
LoveLostNeverFound GOLD, Freeland, Pennsylvania
17 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
My scars don't lead me in the path that I'm headed, they simply remind me of where I've been.

This is amz=azing. You're very talented... keep writting