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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. 27 2012 at 2:13 pm
BaileyBearXD SILVER, Springfield, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"What we want may not always be good for us in this world"Elenor Roosevelt

Your mother is proud of you, any mother who wouldnt be proud of you is wrong your poem made me, the girl with a crackhead for a mom feel lucky bc i have a mom thank you you have inspired my piece dear mom and i would like you to read it please

emattox SILVER said...
on Jan. 27 2012 at 11:58 am
emattox SILVER, Onancock, Virginia
9 articles 1 photo 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. -Ghandi

For lack of a better word to describe this poem, wow.

Mani2x SILVER said...
on Jan. 27 2012 at 10:40 am
Mani2x SILVER, Chicago, Illinois
8 articles 0 photos 52 comments

Favorite Quote:
I was born an original, I'm not going to die a copy.

I love your poem, and could feel your emotion in this poem. I hate to hear you had to go through this. You made me appreciate who I had in my life.

on Jan. 27 2012 at 8:33 am
chloena_garrett GOLD, Colorado City, Texas
19 articles 13 photos 180 comments

Favorite Quote:
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

I've never had this experience and I hope I never do. This is a horrible thing to go through. I'm glad you're able to put your feelings and thoughts into words, because you are a phenomenal poet. I'd be honored if you looked at my poetry. Keep up the astounding work.

on Jan. 27 2012 at 12:13 am
MaggieElaine GOLD, Los Alamos, California
11 articles 0 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"As I hide behind these books I read, while scribbling my poetry,
like art could save a wretch like me, with some ideal ideology that no one can hope to achieve.
And I am never real; it is just a sketch of me.
And everything I made is trite and cheap and a waste of paint, of tape, of time." - Bright Eyes

This makes me cry every time. By far, one of my favorite pieces.

on Jan. 15 2012 at 8:09 pm
Amber4141610 SILVER, Fairmount Heights, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you anyone else, means fighting the hardest battle which any human being can ever fight...And never stop fighting.
-E. E. Cummings

Wow, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your poetry is beautiful and I know your mother would be proud of you.

AmbRawr BRONZE said...
on Jan. 13 2012 at 5:42 pm
AmbRawr BRONZE, Allentown, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
We choose the love we think we deserve ~The Perks

Thank you so much :') It's hard to keep up with all the comments but this means the world to me

Muzix BRONZE said...
on Jan. 12 2012 at 2:04 pm
Muzix BRONZE, Washington, District Of Columbia
3 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
life is never promised so live it to the fullest

I love this and i lost my mom at the age of 7 so i know how you feel. It takes a lot to be able to put things like this into words so i applaud you for your work. And always remember she can never be erased from you heart.

on Jan. 10 2012 at 11:16 pm
TheImaginationOfNessie SILVER, Rosemount, Minnesota
7 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
I am someone
I would never have imagined.
A secret.
A dream . . .
body and soul.
Burn me.
Drown me.
Tell me lies.
I will still be who I am.

-Estrella deMadrigal
Spain 1500

This article is close to my heart. My mom passed away three years ago, when I was twelve. Whenever I hear my friends complain about how their mom is overprotective or strict or that they hate her, I just want to say, "Stop. You don't realize how lucky you are." Thank you for writing this piece, it's beautiful.

on Jan. 10 2012 at 7:30 pm
poetryboy21 BRONZE, Newport, North Carolina
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This is so good. I can totally relate to this. I know how it feels also as I lost my mother when I was 8 years old, and I am sixteen now, too. I love your story telling in the poem. Keep it up!

Payton SILVER said...
on Jan. 9 2012 at 3:27 pm
Payton SILVER, Howells, Nebraska
9 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be yourself because that's whats really cool.

wow this was really touching i know how you feel when you say people talk about theirs mothers in that way and i think that a lot too whats it like to have your here with you. I lost mine when i was very young and i wish so much for her to be here with my siblings and i

on Jan. 8 2012 at 7:53 pm
necrophilikat PLATINUM, Greshamville, Georgia
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This is one of the best poems I have read. It's beautiful and touching. I love it.

on Jan. 8 2012 at 12:58 pm
caligurl98 BRONZE, Las Vegas, Nevada
2 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Your life is a crumpled piece of blank paper. You can unfold it and create it or choose to throw it away.

this poem reminded me of my madre. She died when i was 1, so i never really knew her. this is a poem i will hold close to my heart.

on Jan. 7 2012 at 3:05 pm
Mimi15 PLATINUM, Belfast, Maine
49 articles 0 photos 73 comments
Check out my poem 'On our Own'

on Jan. 5 2012 at 8:57 pm
SpaceCactus BRONZE, Bartlett, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"But what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"- Cloud Atlas

Completely reminded me of my mom. She died when I was very young and I don't remember her well but I remember her telling stories. Very touching poem, brought tears to my eyes.

aphids77 said...
on Jan. 5 2012 at 8:38 pm
aphids77, Holly Springs, North Carolina
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oh, thanks.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 7:52 pm
ThursdayAngelus, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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because, when they get people ready for their viewing, they do surgical things to make them look presentable, which can be related to stuffing.

Ella1 GOLD said...
on Jan. 5 2012 at 7:02 pm
Ella1 GOLD,
14 articles 7 photos 137 comments
This was a truely moving poem. At my uncles funeral I felt the same way. He died when I was 14 so I had gotten to know him, but still I couldn't believe it. Amazing work

on Jan. 5 2012 at 6:43 pm
zadiekatie23 PLATINUM, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
39 articles 4 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

A truly moving piece. Brilliant piece of writing! Thanks!

aphids77 said...
on Jan. 5 2012 at 5:51 pm
aphids77, Holly Springs, North Carolina
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Great job! Very heartfelt. Very talented. But I don't understand the stuffing machine.