When Death Comes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

June 3, 2009
By
More by this author
When death comes
Like sweat falling into an open wound
When death comes and takes every dream you've ever slept upon
By shaking you until you can't control yourself;
When death comes like a fever infusing your body;

When death comes
Like a grain of sand stuck in the eye
I want to step through the burning coals wondering what I have in store.

And therefore I look upon everything
As a polished antique;
And I look upon time as nothing more but a speed limit
And I consider imagination as another cracked window

And I think of each cloud as a magic carpet,
Wanting to take me away and show me
That I have nothing to fear –
Not even death

And each tear as hopeful as a baby learning to walk
And each smile as giving as the woman handing her last dollar
To the homeless man

When it's over, I want to say; every waking day
I was a princess born to happiness.
I was a prince praised for courage.

When it's over I don't want to regret much or cry myself to sleep.
I don't want to look at myself in the mirror eclipsed with pain and guilt
I don't want to be sorry for living a boring and careful life

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






Join the Discussion

This article has 3 comments. Post your own now!

Charlize_Marie said...
Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm
The use of repetition here is effective and works with the "flow" of your poem. When you said " And I look upon time as nothing more but a speed limit" it gives your readers a mental image of something going at speed limit, that no matter how slow and steady, it'll get to its destination 
 
ghostfan16 said...
Jan. 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm
I thought it was inspiring. I think it kind of says that death is kind of like a nightmare that you can't wake up from. Then it goes on to say that you shouldn't fear death because the clouds will take you away from that.
 
abeatlesfan65 said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Neither do I... I'm sure a lot of people can connect with this, it's great!
 
bRealTime banner ad on the left side
Site Feedback