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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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thedude said...
on Feb. 9 2010 at 12:56 pm
thedude, Phoenix, Arizona
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What is wrong with you!?!?!?! You seriously need some help, bones are not meant for weapons! Why would you write about someone being dead, and using their bones as weapons? Here is some advice. One, find your nearest doctor and get some mental help! Two, write about happy things, not death. And three, everyone who likes this poem is more screwed up than you. HAVE A NICE DAY! :)

on Feb. 6 2010 at 8:33 am
Pantophobia SILVER, Stoutsville, Ohio
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i love this i think its really amazing(:

Cheak out my work

on Jan. 29 2010 at 8:15 am
CountryGothic GOLD, Somersworth, New Hampshire
16 articles 2 photos 206 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Once something has been said, it cannot be said in other words." -Aristotle

I love this with a passion. The wording of everything is just plain beautiful and perfect...A++++++++

on Jan. 28 2010 at 8:02 pm
fiveinside2 BRONZE, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
3 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"Don\'t tell me the sky\'s the limit if there are footprints on the moon.\"

awesome! i love your imagination. :)

on Jan. 28 2010 at 3:50 pm
JohnnyDeppLover123 DIAMOND, Holyoke, Massachusetts
54 articles 0 photos 146 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare

Wow...THAT WAS AMAZING!!! awesome job

on Jan. 28 2010 at 11:13 am
LadyLazarus22 BRONZE, New York, New York
4 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. -Sylvia Plath

Very interesting poem.

on Jan. 27 2010 at 7:53 pm
PeaveLoveMe SILVER, Deland, Florida
7 articles 0 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I shall never give up, make believe is too much fun."

Oh. My. Gawd. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! plz read my work! would luv any feedbak!

on Jan. 23 2010 at 9:30 pm
falling-rain GOLD, Layton, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Getr done!
larry the cable guy

this was great keep it up.

LIKEwhoaa GOLD said...
on Jan. 22 2010 at 7:11 pm
LIKEwhoaa GOLD, Carrollton, Texas
13 articles 0 photos 126 comments

Favorite Quote:
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
-Charles DuBois

i really like this, it seems kindof dark when you start reading it but then it starts making you smile :)LOVE LOVE LOVE it


on Jan. 19 2010 at 7:05 pm
nixy0619 SILVER, Miramar, Florida
9 articles 1 photo 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
I never know what i am about to say until i do...

i love it ... it makes you feel like you don't want to be forgotten when dead, but remembered as something great

on Jan. 19 2010 at 7:57 am
Madelyn1231 GOLD, Virginia Beach, Virginia
14 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
Why must the bounds of love and hate continually be so muddled?

Wow. Really good :) Definitely different. I like how you think. It's almost as if your writing is like the creation of abstract in art :) Keep it up

laliel said...
on Jan. 18 2010 at 5:32 pm
i love it

it makes me think about how i dont want to be useless

and forgotten

when i am dead

on Jan. 17 2010 at 5:16 pm
NorthernWriter, Fargo, North Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
"Only dead fish swim with the stream"

this is a very good poem and it's different and cool...but I have read a poem that's like this that's by a famous person, i forgot the name but it starts, "When I am dead, my dear"...jw, was that your inspiration?

on Jan. 17 2010 at 11:16 am
A_Hiddden_Beauty BRONZE, Franklin, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Fall inlove 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 forgive urself breath and enjoy the ride

i really like this...its different and really shows emotion

on Jan. 14 2010 at 10:28 am
This is really inspiring and i can see that they write about their down feeling and how they treasure the life of death.

josue said...
on Jan. 14 2010 at 10:25 am
thats good. she know how to help herself and others

arod4 said...
on Jan. 14 2010 at 10:20 am
shes right. dont waste yourself just do something helpful even if you are dead.

Gise J. :) said...
on Jan. 13 2010 at 7:42 am
This poem is really good!

on Jan. 9 2010 at 12:09 pm
katelynhaley BRONZE, Falkville, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
nothing really

this is beautiful.

on Jan. 6 2010 at 4:41 pm
love&peace123 BRONZE, Pemberville, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
" be who you are because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind "

this was very good, i like the celebration of life outlook.