Skeleton's dance | Teen Ink

Skeleton's dance

October 6, 2010
By SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"


White bones, glowing in the moonlight
They dance around and rattle,
teasing me with their perfection.
“Look at me, look at me! I am all bones!
I am perfect, perfect, flawless bones!”
They say to me,
“And what are you? Look at that,
you’re all fat!
Where are your bones? You can’t see them
under all that skin and muscle and fat!
You are so ugly girl!”
Clack, clack, the bones rattle
as skeletons dance, dance.
Tempt me, I must be
perfect, perfect, flawless bones.
White bones, shining in the moonlight.
They dance and dance,
in circles around me.
I will join the dance,
learn the movement,
tripping and stumbling as I go.
To learn the dance I
must be light enough, the pounds
must be less and less
so that I may float on my feet
as the skeletons do.
Is it really worth it to learn the skeleton’s dance?
Puppet strings connected onto
my arms and legs and head
force me to nod yes as an answer.
Yet the answer is truly no.
Do not look at the skeleton’s dance,
or you will be mesmerized at their movements
and get caught up in the dance yourself.
Do not notice how they gleam,
and float and rattle and sing,
for it is all an illusion.
The perfect, perfect, flawless bones
are the faces of girls who walked down this road
and joined in the skeleton’s dance.
They’re hiding pain, sadness, and fear.
So if, for you, it’s not too late,
avoid the skeleton’s dance.



Similar Articles

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

This article has 21 comments.


on May. 9 2013 at 7:34 pm
moonstone55 SILVER, /, Other
7 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
-Dr. Seuss

This poem almost made me cry. You are wonderful with words. Keep writing!

on Nov. 26 2011 at 12:20 pm
AlaskaFrost GOLD, Acushnet, Massachusetts
17 articles 7 photos 131 comments
this is a beautiful and sad poem. i love the imagery of the skeletons, and just all around, this is a great poem.

on Nov. 22 2011 at 8:11 am
blitsnik SILVER, Palm Bay, Florida
8 articles 0 photos 51 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you must mount the gallows, give a coin to the headman, a jest to the crowd, and meet the drop with a smile on your lips."

Wow....this was touching. I am not sure of your meaning, but it seemed to me you were refering to how girls today have a desire to be skinnier and skinnier until at one point they cant stop. And i agree whole heartedly. Never get caught up in that dance. Great work.

SamiLou SILVER said...
on Nov. 15 2011 at 7:43 pm
SamiLou SILVER, Lee&#39s Summit, Missouri
6 articles 0 photos 51 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia"
-John Green (Looking For Alaska)

This is so beautifully sad... I love it :)  I don't know how you feel, but I do hope it gets better. Kepp writing!

Vidra PLATINUM said...
on Apr. 25 2011 at 2:49 pm
Vidra PLATINUM, Midlothian, Virginia
46 articles 17 photos 89 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still.”
-Sylvia Plath

I absolutely loved this poem!!! It flows so nicely and your word choice is awesome. Fave lines:

"Is it really worth it to learn the skeleton’s dance?"

For some reason I just feel that sums up the entire poem. :)


on Mar. 11 2011 at 7:50 am
Basketball23 SILVER, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
8 articles 13 photos 488 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm living in a shell with no soul" -Three Days Grace (World So Cold)
"Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned" -Avenged Sevenfold (So Far Away)

This is AMAZING!!!

 

I can somewhat relate to this...so it really has a strong meaning.  I love it!!!


on Mar. 6 2011 at 11:17 am
CWells_521 DIAMOND, Greene, New York
81 articles 0 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
The best things in life are unseen, that's why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry, or dream.
What doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger.

i really like this. its very honest and i can relate to it alot...you're such a good writer, never stop!

on Feb. 13 2011 at 7:29 pm
SunnySummers GOLD, New York, New York
13 articles 1 photo 56 comments
I agree! I really liked that. It was so full of metaphor, yet the point was absolutely clear.

on Jan. 1 2011 at 4:44 pm
Kbuschan PLATINUM, South Plainfield, New Jersey
25 articles 0 photos 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
Fall in love or fall in hate; Get inspired or be depressed; Ace a test or flunk a class; Make babies or make art; Speak the truth or lie and cheat; Dance on tables or sit in the corner; Life is divine chaos. Embrace it. Breathe. And enjoy the ride...

very creative way of talking about weight problems. I love it :)

on Dec. 30 2010 at 8:47 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

Dang this is issueful. I think I made that word up. What the heck can we do??

on Dec. 30 2010 at 4:31 pm
TheArchitect ELITE, Madison, Wisconsin
227 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
-Anything said by Mr. T
- Ill be in my bunk
- Im so clever that half the time I don't even understand what I'm saying

i did not. :(

on Dec. 29 2010 at 12:46 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

Did you get the request or did I get the wrong person?

on Dec. 26 2010 at 9:19 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I MAY have found you...

on Dec. 25 2010 at 8:42 am
TheArchitect ELITE, Madison, Wisconsin
227 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
-Anything said by Mr. T
- Ill be in my bunk
- Im so clever that half the time I don't even understand what I'm saying

no, its of me in a play i was in. i have curly blondinsh brown hair. :)

on Dec. 24 2010 at 8:10 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

This is aggrivating. I cain't find a facebook soul from Madison WI called Indigo E!!!! You'd think it'd be simple, but noooo! My last initial is P, and my facebook picture is a bunch of people in fancy clothes, all girls. is your facebook picture the same as on here?

on Dec. 24 2010 at 5:13 pm
TheArchitect ELITE, Madison, Wisconsin
227 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
-Anything said by Mr. T
- Ill be in my bunk
- Im so clever that half the time I don't even understand what I'm saying

yeah, i think youll have a better chance of finding me. :) my name is less comon. my city and state are in my info, and my last initial is E.

on Dec. 24 2010 at 3:24 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

my real first name is Emma. Not that that will help much, there are like a bajillion emma's in the world. maybe like search emma and then my city and state or something and I'll look for you too. maybe that'll work.

on Dec. 23 2010 at 10:31 pm
TheArchitect ELITE, Madison, Wisconsin
227 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
-Anything said by Mr. T
- Ill be in my bunk
- Im so clever that half the time I don't even understand what I'm saying

hm. it was the wrong person..... how can we figure this out....

on Dec. 22 2010 at 7:11 am
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I don't know if I got the request. :/ maybe u got the wrong person? i don't know. try again if you can i guess.

on Dec. 21 2010 at 10:41 pm
TheArchitect ELITE, Madison, Wisconsin
227 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
-Anything said by Mr. T
- Ill be in my bunk
- Im so clever that half the time I don't even understand what I'm saying

dear springrayyn: you are really cool. i friended you on facebook. my name is indigo. :)


Smith Summer

Parkland Speaks

Campus Compare