Skeleton's dance

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White bones, glowing in the moonlight
They dance around and rattle,
teasing me with their perfection.
“Look at me, look at me! I am all bones!
I am perfect, perfect, flawless bones!”
They say to me,
“And what are you? Look at that,
you’re all fat!
Where are your bones? You can’t see them
under all that skin and muscle and fat!
You are so ugly girl!”
Clack, clack, the bones rattle
as skeletons dance, dance.
Tempt me, I must be
perfect, perfect, flawless bones.
White bones, shining in the moonlight.
They dance and dance,
in circles around me.
I will join the dance,
learn the movement,
tripping and stumbling as I go.
To learn the dance I
must be light enough, the pounds
must be less and less
so that I may float on my feet
as the skeletons do.
Is it really worth it to learn the skeleton’s dance?
Puppet strings connected onto
my arms and legs and head
force me to nod yes as an answer.
Yet the answer is truly no.
Do not look at the skeleton’s dance,
or you will be mesmerized at their movements
and get caught up in the dance yourself.
Do not notice how they gleam,
and float and rattle and sing,
for it is all an illusion.
The perfect, perfect, flawless bones
are the faces of girls who walked down this road
and joined in the skeleton’s dance.
They’re hiding pain, sadness, and fear.
So if, for you, it’s not too late,
avoid the skeleton’s dance.





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moonstone55 said...
May 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm
This poem almost made me cry. You are wonderful with words. Keep writing!
 
AlaskaFrost This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm
this is a beautiful and sad poem. i love the imagery of the skeletons, and just all around, this is a great poem.
 
blitsnik said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 8:11 am
Wow....this was touching. I am not sure of your meaning, but it seemed to me you were refering to how girls today have a desire to be skinnier and skinnier until at one point they cant stop. And i agree whole heartedly. Never get caught up in that dance. Great work.
 
SamiLou said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm
This is so beautifully sad... I love it :)  I don't know how you feel, but I do hope it gets better. Kepp writing!
 
Vidra This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I absolutely loved this poem!!! It flows so nicely and your word choice is awesome. Fave lines:

"Is it really worth it to learn the skeleton’s dance?"

For some reason I just feel that sums up the entire poem. :)

 
Basketball23 said...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

This is AMAZING!!!

 

I can somewhat relate to this...so it really has a strong meaning.  I love it!!!

 
CWells_521 said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 11:17 am
i really like this. its very honest and i can relate to it alot...you're such a good writer, never stop!
 
Kbuschan said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm
very creative way of talking about weight problems. I love it :)
 
InkRiot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 25, 2010 at 8:42 am
no, its of me in a play i was in. i have curly blondinsh brown hair. :)
 
SpringRayyn replied...
Dec. 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm
I MAY have found you...
 
SpringRayyn replied...
Dec. 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm
Did you get the request or did I get the wrong person?
 
InkRiot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm
i did not. :(
 
SpringRayyn replied...
Dec. 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm
Dang this is issueful. I think I made that word up. What the heck can we do??
 
InkRiot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm
dear springrayyn: you are really cool. i friended you on facebook. my name is indigo. :)
 
SpringRayyn replied...
Dec. 22, 2010 at 7:11 am
I don't know if I got the request. :/ maybe u got the wrong person? i don't know. try again if you can i guess.
 
InkRiot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm
hm. it was the wrong person..... how can we figure this out....
 
SpringRayyn replied...
Dec. 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm
my real first name is Emma. Not that that will help much, there are like a bajillion emma's in the world. maybe like search emma and then my city and state or something and I'll look for you too. maybe that'll work.
 
InkRiot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm
yeah, i think youll have a better chance of finding me. :) my name is less comon. my city and state are in my info, and my last initial is E.
 
SpringRayyn replied...
Dec. 24, 2010 at 8:10 pm
This is aggrivating. I cain't find a facebook soul from Madison WI called Indigo E!!!! You'd think it'd be simple, but noooo! My last initial is P, and my facebook picture is a bunch of people in fancy clothes, all girls. is your facebook picture the same as on here?
 
Just.A.Dream said...
Nov. 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

This. Was. Amazing!

I can totally relate to this!

So many people think the only way you can be perfect is if you are super thin, but the truth is, you don't have to be super thin.

I love the meaning of this poem, and it flowed perfectly! Good job!

 
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