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Seek through putrid, rotting decay,
Like a spoiled oyster’s pile,
Pearls rain as drops of May,
The miner digs his lonely isle.

Solely he as none other should dare,
A shaft of blood and bones alike,
The miner seeks a skull so rare,
Pass a hundred days without a strike.

But one dismal dusk,
The pickaxe did ring a tune,
Of sounding ancient tusk,
And gleaming by the moon.

The skull of ivory was found,
A head shrouded in fame,
It was lifted slowly from the ground,
But with it came no man’s name.

This man was stunning,
His teeth untouched by grime,
A mind that was always running,
But his life faded into time.

He is now a common attraction to all,
A miner reaps his fortunes dealt,
As his soul rests beneath Senegal,
This head stands with a leopard’s pelt.

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ritabelle511 said...
Jun. 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Bill, as always, this poem is so deep! I'm going to take a stab at the "underlying message" and it about the Shroud of Turin? (I'm probably wrong!) You are a fantastic poet - I really enjoy how all of them are inspired by Jesus.
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm
i love this foir the rhyming scheme, even though i dont know what you're saying-my limited comprehension. 5 stars captain.
Bill M. replied...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 7:02 am
Thanks Boos, good to see you checked out my writing after all :P
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm
its been a few years, i know.
Cayte O. said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm
Haha I live near Jacksonville :) I loved this. Beautifully executed poem, emotionally chilling and thrilling.
Rileah said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm
I really like your work. Keep it up :D
Bill M. replied...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm
Thanks. I have 3 more that have yet to be accepted
Jellybean9898 said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm
this was really super good! keep writing! :D
kmarie14 said...
Nov. 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I really love your message behind it expecially the last three stanzas they really tie it together! love it!! thanks for posting! check out my work??


Bill M. replied...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 10:51 am
will do. glad to hear you liked it ;)
lola.loves.stars said...
Nov. 5, 2010 at 9:28 am
This is very discriptive, love yur choice of words
Bill M. replied...
Nov. 5, 2010 at 11:41 am
Thank you. I am still waiting for someone to pick up on the underlying message. It isn't just supposed to sound gross :P
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