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Memories MAG

December 17, 2008
By AmbRawr BRONZE, Allentown, Pennsylvania
AmbRawr BRONZE, Allentown, Pennsylvania
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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 Jun. 1 2009 at 1:49 am
SilverDawn GOLD, Burnaby, Other
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this poem is amazing. the sad mood is set from the very first line and I love the "And I remember" startings. i'm sorry about your mother.

Olivea said...
on May. 26 2009 at 10:26 pm
Olivea, Tottenham, Other
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Favorite Quote:
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body. After all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind.
Francois de la Roche Foucauld

this was so beautiful, it made me cry

Maxine SILVER said...
on May. 24 2009 at 2:05 pm
Maxine SILVER, Hays, Kansas
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thet is really pretty!

MZ123 said...
on May. 24 2009 at 3:20 am
so touching.. it makes me appreciate my mother and how she felt when her mom died from cancer my eyes watered up please continue to write

hi2340 said...
on May. 21 2009 at 5:17 pm
aleats you guys got to know your mom i nver got to know mine or if i even had any

a_a said...
on May. 21 2009 at 4:08 pm
omg thats so pretty i really like it its so preety it reached my heart i feel like crying rite now its so preety that i want to hug some one right now and cry on their shoulders

thanks for the poem

it really got me thinkin of things things

on May. 21 2009 at 4:00 pm
I loved your poem it made me cry. It's really a great poem i love every word written!


on May. 20 2009 at 11:25 am
writer2b PLATINUM, Montville, New Jersey
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on May. 19 2009 at 10:59 pm
FashionGuru DIAMOND, Manhattan, New York
55 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't do fashion, I am fashion." -Coco Chanel

Your piece is alot like my life. My mother died when i was 7. i didn't know what to do or say. It's hard, harder then alot of people imagine. I'm sorry about your mother. But i hope you realize like i did that eventually, we all go back to the place where it all began. i miss my mom too. Your writing is amazing and uplifting.

MissMyChem said...
on May. 19 2009 at 9:48 pm
Really Really well put together! love it!

My class is doing a poetry website hunt, and tennink was on the list to pick your favorite poem from teenink and describe it in detail.

I'm definetly picking yours!!!

on May. 18 2009 at 9:25 pm
Creativelifelilly SILVER, Tigard, Oregon
5 articles 0 photos 2 comments
This was great, it reminds me of someone close that I knew, she was like a mother to me. But it's true, people should really realize how great it is to have a mother, then to not have one.

Brooke M. said...
on May. 17 2009 at 9:08 pm
That was awesome!

You deserved to be published in the magazine.

Will you please read my poem? THANKS!

It's about my parents divorce.

on May. 17 2009 at 4:03 am
Tamara*Monta BRONZE, Warren, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
never regret sompthing that once made u smile

*WOW* That was soo good. I can truly relate to this poem because my dad died when I was 9 months old. So I really never knew him because I was so little. The part I liked was when you were talking about people saying their parent or mom was horrible. You can only wonder what it would be like to have a mom or dad and you wanna tell them how lucky they are and they just dont understand. This poem truly touched my heart. It was a greatly amazing poem... <3 Tamara <3

on May. 16 2009 at 1:11 am
madegclover6 SILVER, Van Nuys, California
6 articles 1 photo 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
idk i have alot

that was really moving i lost a parent so i get what u mean. keep writing!

KiKi3 SILVER said...
on May. 15 2009 at 12:50 pm
KiKi3 SILVER, Toledo, Ohio
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Your poem is so beautiful. I lost my mother when I was four, so I can truly relate. Keep writing!!

jlacey said...
on May. 14 2009 at 2:58 pm
I lost my mom when I was 17. Needless to say that I can relate to this poem. Its beautifully written.

on May. 14 2009 at 1:17 am
MariaMarie DIAMOND, Washington Court House, Ohio
70 articles 0 photos 181 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life's a mountain on a beach"-Unknown
"Will: This is either madness or brilliance. Sparrow: It's remarkable how often those two traits coincide."-Pirates of the Caribbean:Curse of the Black Pearl.

Very good, very sad. Nice theme.

on May. 13 2009 at 4:04 am
madegclover6 SILVER, Van Nuys, California
6 articles 1 photo 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
idk i have alot

thats really good i can relate to this

on May. 12 2009 at 12:19 am
eternalsunset BRONZE, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." --Perks of Being a Wallflower

great poem! I truly mean it. You're a talented writer; keep at it. Check out my poem, The Fog if you like. It has a similar theme.


on May. 11 2009 at 1:12 am
ali wlad BRONZE, Las Vegas, Missouri
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you are a great writer. and i love your poem. your mom would be proud of you