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When I am dead, my dearest, don’t stick my bones
together with Scotch tape. Do not try to fit them
underneath a frame. Use them, one by one,
as a weapon, a gavel. My bones,
they can be good back scratchers, honey mixers,
and hands of clocks.

You can toss them across space
and see how far they’ll glide until another hand
slips across it. When I am dead, dearest,
thread my bones to the top of a mountain.

The next time you arrive at a glass sea,
spill it boldly. Spell your life in two parts,
watch them float until they descend
like a weight down into that container.

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




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Cassie said...
Oct. 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm
This is amazing. All of your emotions at the time you wrote this is showing through the lines as i read this. excellent
 
writer24/7/365 said...
Oct. 10, 2009 at 11:50 am
this has dark humor & is entertaining.
 
Theresa This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 10, 2009 at 1:01 am
This is an incredible poem, and I'm saying this even though I, for the most part, hate poetry. It's interesting and well written and easily the best poem I've ever read on this site. Good job.
 
Ruthey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm
gentle yet beautiful and endearing lilting black humour.
love it :)
 
Albert P. said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 11:45 pm
You truly are a great writer:) I love the inhumanity, love, and somewhat humor in this poem:D
 
Brebre95 said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 8:29 pm
this is ah-mazing. u have a real tallent.
 
neenee111 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm
Wow this poem is great! Your feelings through this poem is very deep. Love it!
 
the-optimist said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm
I love love love this poem it is so beautifully written!
 
Jasmine13 said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm
wow!!i love this poem it's very good.it almost made me cry it was so good.seriously keep up the work your truly good.i love this peom it's my number 1 fav on here out of them all.
 
luvlit10 said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 6:33 pm
luv it, so awesome
 
Lillian said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm
Wow, I mean that almost made me cry. A great poem to put on a card when someone dies and send it to a griever.
 
Kayelee said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm
That was excellent! You really have talent for poetry! The feelings expressed were very deep! I enjoyed it; keep up the good work!
 
KianS said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm
Good job! I think this really shows that when someone dies, feeling sorry and mourning too long does not help. It shows that you should get on with your own life, and not waste it crying about something gone.
 
Zoe M. said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm
The best line:
"The next time you arrive at a glass sea,
spill it boldly."
Loved this poem, every line was striking and the last few lines were the perfect punch.
 
KittKat1119 said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 10:03 am
This poem is beautiful really like it
 
This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 9:21 am
That was very pretty.
 
Jyvon said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 7:48 am
sorry this was my idiiotic friend trying to be funny this poem was actuallyreally enteraining and goo. 5/5
 
Breanna P. said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm
YOU need to get a life!! :D
 
MoyruhJO This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 20, 2009 at 1:15 am
This is one of the best things I've ever read from someone in our age group. GREAT job :]
 
imagayfag replied...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 7:38 am
im sorry. what i ment was this poem is awesome. i love it with all my heart and i would marry this girl
 
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