When I am Dead This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 21, 2009
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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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peacemaker said...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 8:30 am
this is so sweet yet creepy
badboss123 replied...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 11:55 am
yES it isreally qood i like t alot
MSTie said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 11:08 am
Very cheerful. Gorilla Glue, that's the way to go. On a brighter note, very well written. A nice poem, the bone thing just kinda drags it down.
Ke$ha said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 11:07 am

Your topic was very depressive but was very very well writen. Glue would be more practicul than tape. This poem had a lot of imagry shown in its writting... Keep up the good writing:)


Bombb Chiick* said...
Mar. 8, 2011 at 6:43 am

i love this

it was so cool

and ii knoii wht yhu mean ii would share my parts if ii had too! =)

Kenziechaos. said...
Mar. 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm
i love the deepness of this. its interesting. i like it. (:
HannSawyer17 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm
Wow... This was really good... I'm speechless.
justanotherteenwriter said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm
I had to read this one a cuple of times, but i get it. and its really really good((:
Yo face said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm
That was weird but cool
StarStrukk said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm
this poem is absolutely amazing
emoducks said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm
I liked this poem :) it was really good :)
ganondorf said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm
look at some of my stuff!
ganondorf said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm
im sorry but i dont really like it i feel like it could of been done a bit better
it'sJoylnnhunnay:) said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 11:57 am
It's very confusing, but it has a great meaning.
queentabbiecat99 said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 9:07 am
Wow its really good but i dont really understand it. so ay
Purplefilly said...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm
I really love this. I feel like this sometimes. It's almost like don't forget me, but don't regret my loss.
13matthewwilliams said...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm
this is one of the coolest poem
StevenTylerPJs replied...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 11:37 am
poems, with an S, imbecile >.>
chickadee23 replied...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Maybe he forgot an s, but you forgot proper grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. Don't rag on everyone.
bellebelle1997 replied...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm
I agree. Just because someone has a typo or just forgets how to spell something, it isn't their fault. Accidents happen, so just deal with it and let's all just get on with our lives.
RiverSong said...
Feb. 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm
This was beautifully written.  Sometimes I feel like we make too much of a fuss over death--ceremonies and songs and tears.  I know people need to be sad when someone dies, but I also know that whoever dies doesn't want them to be.  This captured that feeling perfectly.  Keep on writing.
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