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When I am Dead MAG

January 21, 2009
By HannahW BRONZE, West Des Moines, Iowa
HannahW BRONZE, West Des Moines, Iowa
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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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dear_cinthya said...
on Apr. 26 2010 at 7:14 pm
dear_cinthya, Elizabeth, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
My thoughts create my world

with a tital like that i was expecting the usual sad poem but this is so much more.

on Apr. 26 2010 at 3:05 pm
darb_iamsecond BRONZE, None Ya, Texas
3 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Psalms 63
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Wow THIS IS ahhmazing(:

on Apr. 26 2010 at 2:07 pm
lilly_valley GOLD, Shiloh, Ohio
11 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what your gonna get. :)

People need to pay attention because ya know what? Ya'll might actually learn somethin. I mean come on read between the lines people. No wonder ya'll probably can't get dates!! Oh by the way, this poem is amazin

on Apr. 26 2010 at 2:00 pm
chrissyclarinetist BRONZE, Delta Junction, Alaska
2 articles 0 photos 14 comments
wow man. ur crazy. this poem is great! good job HannahW =)

on Apr. 26 2010 at 12:25 pm
X_Dysfuntional_Lyrics_X GOLD, Cleveland, Ohio
12 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
I have a lot of favorite quotes. I cant really pick.

People seriously need to quit hating on this poem! I think it was brilliant and amazing! Poetry is a way of expressing yourself. The good poems always leave you wondering about it or asking yourself what it meant to you. A lot of people interperate(i kno i spelled that wrong) poems in their own way. Poems dont have to JUST be happy and bubbly or whatever. They can be whatever you want them to be. They express whatever you want them to. They tell a story the way YOU want it to be told. You guys are INSANE for saying that this poem was terrible! I read this poem and was left speechless. I loved it! I love her writing style too. Just ignore the ignorant people who dont know what good poetry is and keep up the GREAT work! <3 :)

robbi BRONZE said...
on Apr. 25 2010 at 6:28 pm
robbi BRONZE, Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
quotes are for people who are too uncreative to come up with their own sources of information.----ME.


on Apr. 20 2010 at 9:19 pm
sammie1997 GOLD, Winslow, Maine
17 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
never say goodbye
because goodbye means leaving
and leaving means forgetting
-petter pan

This is great! :) keep it up!

on Apr. 19 2010 at 6:18 pm
ThatOneWritingGirl PLATINUM, Greenwood Village, Colorado
21 articles 0 photos 41 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
Love Always. :)
When the tides of life turn against you and the current upsets your boat, don't waste time and tears on what might have been, just lie on your back and float.

Simlply amazing. I hope you keep writting, you're very imaginative, and creative and unique and talented. I loved this poem. You're awesome! Don't listen to the rude comments, and keep writting!!

xxCMMx16 said...
on Apr. 16 2010 at 9:38 am
xxCMMx16, Saugus, Massachusetts
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Good job!

on Apr. 14 2010 at 11:59 am
alessaxoxo BRONZE, Saugus, Massachusetts
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This was very well though of and written. it had imagery in it good job :)

RadLeY said...
on Apr. 14 2010 at 8:55 am
RadLeY, Saugus, Massachusetts
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I like the way you used personification in this, Good Job.

on Apr. 11 2010 at 10:43 am
ElisabethElizzLiz BRONZE, Brookpark, Ohio
2 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
-John Lennon

The best poems are intense.

on Apr. 11 2010 at 8:54 am
BleedingRose PLATINUM, Frederic, Wisconsin
33 articles 1 photo 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
*The darkness holds infinite possibilities.


hey, 'thedude, get a friggin life!  wats wrong with u?  if u dont like something, either dont comment or do it better instead of messing up the entire comment page w/ ur complaints!  we didnt come on here to see ur jealousy, u could never write something like this!


on Apr. 8 2010 at 7:56 pm
ShelbeyNicole GOLD, Mt. Vernon, Washington
10 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality." -Emily Dickinson

This is, well, simply amazing. (:

on Apr. 6 2010 at 6:53 pm
Amelina. SILVER, Rockport, Texas
8 articles 0 photos 4 comments
Read in between the lines, and stop being so ignorant.

on Apr. 4 2010 at 11:25 pm
SarahVanS SILVER, Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
8 articles 3 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Confidence is the key to all the locks" -- Joe Paterno, Penn State Football Head Coach

Way to rip off Christina Rossetti's famous line.

on Apr. 4 2010 at 7:26 pm
Alisha62293 BRONZE, Warwick, Rhode Island
2 articles 1 photo 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life." Charles Darwin

this is writen so beautifully. You did an amazing job =D

please read some of my work, thanks.

WiseGirl said...
on Apr. 4 2010 at 4:22 pm
WiseGirl, Adams, Tennessee
0 articles 0 photos 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I think, therefore I am."
-Rene Decartes

This is really good!

neimyne BRONZE said...
on Apr. 3 2010 at 7:16 pm
neimyne BRONZE, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
3 articles 3 photos 27 comments
Chilling~ I especially liked "Use them, one by one, as a weapon, a gavel." There is a definite story behind your words, and your lines seem almost to reassure and comfort.

on Mar. 31 2010 at 8:55 pm
BasketballChick5, San Diego, California
0 articles 1 photo 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
:)Just Do It:) <3

i really this is was reallly good.