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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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RockingMusic said...
Nov. 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm
I have always loved this poem.
 
foreverme143 said...
Nov. 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm
beautiful, but a little sad to think about
 
Taylor-pop said...
Nov. 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm
That was so beautiful... i enjoyed reading it.
 
Leann13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm
unique. thought provoking. i love it
 
in_wonderland said...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm
really interesting
 
Bloody said...
Nov. 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm
this is beautiful
 
silentvocal replied...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 8:18 am
I love how it keeps you thinking for ever, long after you've read it. And it really does quench that interest-it's just remarkable
 
mstweety012 replied...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm
i love  this poem it is just how i feel
 
beccaahhh said...
Oct. 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

wonderful poem,

great inspiration as well.

you are a great writer, and i love the emotion and creativity you used,

i havent read much like it.

 
nonasky427 said...
Oct. 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm
I love this.
 
MusicGirl101 said...
Oct. 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm
I love your style of writing...ur emotion is so open..and it's rlly creative :)
 
Redbull12 said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm
I enjoyed the creativity, it's very thought provoking yet simplistic in its own way, well done. ;)
 
Dragonscribe said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm
I love this! I'm going to have to read this over and over again before I truly appreciate and understand all of it. This is really amazing.
 
fatmama 432 said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm
this is a good book
 
BudNOTBuddy replied...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

s'not a book.

fatmama - it's not a book

 
kaykaycocoa said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 10:42 am
Interesting and creative...love it!
 
holly.nicole said...
Oct. 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm
Brilliant...and beautiful!(: and it makes me think.....interesting.
 
AliceForeverThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm
Beautiful...
 
Augustana This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

simply majestic.

bravo.

 
Nikkia0425 said...
Sept. 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm
-this is a beautiful poem i really do like this!!*
 
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