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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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emoducks said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm:
I liked this poem :) it was really good :)
 
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ganondorf said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm:
look at some of my stuff!
 
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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
 
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it'sJoylnnhunnay:) said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 11:57 am:
It's very confusing, but it has a great meaning.
 
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queentabbiecat99 said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 9:07 am:
Wow its really good but i dont really understand it. so ay
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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Nickoli said...
Jan. 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm:
I enjoyed this poem, I had to read it a couple of times to get it. But it was very nicely written.
 
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darkluv said...
Jan. 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm:
I love your poem...i kno just how u feel and understand
 
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beemsi said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 10:44 am:
Now THIS is what I call pure poetry! Great job! :)
 
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PictureUnperfect said...
Jan. 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm:
amazing. (: a work of art
 
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Mislead said...
Jan. 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm:
This is GREAT:))
 
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Aelita said...
Jan. 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm:
I really don't understand this poem... Hey, could everyone please check out my new poem? 
 
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imrighthereyouknow said...
Jan. 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm:
I have never read anything more beautiful; I have no other words for it.
 
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RozaB said...
Jan. 15, 2011 at 10:40 am:
Now this is what I call beauty. 
 
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smiles365 said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm:
Amazing! Im not sure how to say this but the words just seem to  come together nicely.
 
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