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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.

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Serena S. said...
May 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm
i really like it :)
 
beauty beast! said...
May 13, 2009 at 7:11 pm
i love this poem
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Ivory-Wolf This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 12, 2009 at 8:26 pm
I love it! It is kinda dark and yet still has a certain optimism about it.
 
Sam S. said...
May 11, 2009 at 11:19 pm
this is so crazy good!
 
EleanorRigby This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm
very touching, really makes you think. i loved it great job!
 
Kiana W. said...
May 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm
Really good, I loved it=]
 
buggy said...
May 6, 2009 at 8:31 pm
that is really good.I mean who wwants to be mouned over. you wnt your family to remember you when you die,not cry over you being gone.
TeenInk.com/raw/Poetry/article/101723/the-many-ways-that-you-hurt-me/ this one is mine
 
sprinkelsoftears said...
May 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm
that was amazing i mean really wow.
 
Jordon said...
May 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Inspiring. Well done. x
 
Aro_To_The_Heart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm
wow.... i'm left speechless. good job! i love it. ///_^
 
jellisrellish said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 11:48 pm
pretty cool i guees. but i dont really understand it. but u dont have to. u can feel the feeling pouring from it.good work.
 
CressFerriera said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm
This poem makes me hungry.
 
Joeker said...
Apr. 25, 2009 at 12:39 pm
nice poem...i woiuld try to describe more about how i like it...but i'm not that good at describing things...
 
Hannah W. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm
thanks for the comments, everyone. the main theme of this poem is legacy, but i do try to leave the poem open to different interpretations. and yes, kathleene, this was a homework assignment for an english class. we were reading the kowit book. ^_~
 
Chelle*aka* Me, Myself, and I said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 2:49 am
Very deep.... ists tells and expresses alot of feeling
 
music said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm
i like this poem its so awesome
 
epeters789 said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 3:44 am
 
Greek311 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2009 at 11:49 pm
The way you used 'My dearest' was beautiful. It really gave emphasized the love within the relationship. Beautiful work
 
Cheri-Submission said...
Apr. 9, 2009 at 11:46 pm
The words made me think of a lover, while the tone was that of a morbid place in Mulan Rouge (which I'm sure I spelled wrong).
 
babyblue13loveheart said...
Apr. 9, 2009 at 1:28 am
OMG!!!!I LOVE THIS POEM!!!!! I LOVE POEMS LIKE THESE I WANT U TO WRITE MORE PLZZ!!!
 
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