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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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on Oct. 21 2009 at 2:59 pm
FlyleafFreak DIAMOND, Loveland, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"I have faith in fools;self confidence my friends call it"~Edger Allan Poe
"In this world of infinite insanity, your friends are the best psychiatrists you will ever have."~Me

WOW! I am tagging this as a definite favorite. I love your style and the picture goes really good with this piece. Keep on writiing! <3

DW SILVER said...
on Oct. 10 2009 at 10:33 pm
DW SILVER, Denver, Colorado
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omg! this is like my favorite poem ever! its soooo good! its so different! i love it

Sarah said...
on Oct. 10 2009 at 3:41 pm
I really like it, it flowed easily and didnt seem like you were trying too hard. the words worked well together and poetic language like that can easily go wrong

on Oct. 10 2009 at 12:40 pm
Cassie PLATINUM, Delisle, Other
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This is amazing. All of your emotions at the time you wrote this is showing through the lines as i read this. excellent

on Oct. 10 2009 at 11:50 am
wordweaver96 PLATINUM, Winchester, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
" It is not our abilities but our choices that show who we truly are. "
Albus Dumbledore

See, we really DON'T have anything to fear but fear itself!

this has dark humor & is entertaining.

on Oct. 10 2009 at 1:01 am
VandaNoon PLATINUM, West Pittston, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
what i can remember
is a lot like water
trickling down a page
of the most beautiful colors
-Marie Digby 'Unfold'

This is an incredible poem, and I'm saying this even though I, for the most part, hate poetry. It's interesting and well written and easily the best poem I've ever read on this site. Good job.

Ruthey GOLD said...
on Oct. 9 2009 at 3:49 pm
Ruthey GOLD, West Midlands, Other
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gentle yet beautiful and endearing lilting black humour.

love it :)

AlbertP BRONZE said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 11:45 pm
AlbertP BRONZE, Long Beach, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm a human beeeeeeing."
"Be young. Be dope. Be proud."

You truly are a great writer:) I love the inhumanity, love, and somewhat humor in this poem:D

on Sep. 18 2009 at 8:29 pm
Brebre95 SILVER, Roeland Park, Kansas
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this is ah-mazing. u have a real tallent.

on Sep. 18 2009 at 7:57 pm
rain-rain111 PLATINUM, Roselle, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
He offered her the world but she said she had her own.

Wow this poem is great! Your feelings through this poem is very deep. Love it!

the-optimist said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 7:28 pm
I love love love this poem it is so beautifully written!

on Sep. 18 2009 at 6:54 pm
<3Jasmine BRONZE, Morehead, Kentucky
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wow!!i love this poem it's very good.it almost made me cry it was so good.seriously keep up the work your truly good.i love this peom it's my number 1 fav on here out of them all.

luvlit10 said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 6:33 pm
luv it, so awesome

Lillian GOLD said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 4:36 pm
Lillian GOLD, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Wow, I mean that almost made me cry. A great poem to put on a card when someone dies and send it to a griever.

Kayelee said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 2:59 pm
That was excellent! You really have talent for poetry! The feelings expressed were very deep! I enjoyed it; keep up the good work!

KianS BRONZE said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 1:14 pm
KianS BRONZE, San Antonio, Texas
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Good job! I think this really shows that when someone dies, feeling sorry and mourning too long does not help. It shows that you should get on with your own life, and not waste it crying about something gone.

ZoeMi BRONZE said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 1:11 pm
ZoeMi BRONZE, Wernersville, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
“Someday I shall become a tree, and the wind will sing in my branches, and the sun will dance on my leaves, and I shall be strong and beautiful through all the seasons.”

The best line:

"The next time you arrive at a glass sea,

spill it boldly."

Loved this poem, every line was striking and the last few lines were the perfect punch.

Breee GOLD said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 12:16 pm
Breee GOLD, Salina, Kansas
10 articles 2 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you really love someone, you shouldnt have to work at it."
-Vanessa Hudgens

YOU need to get a life!! :D

on Sep. 18 2009 at 10:03 am
LusciousKitten SILVER, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Writing is my LIFE, Life is my INSPIRATION

This poem is beautiful really like it

on Sep. 18 2009 at 9:21 am
Phantom_Girl GOLD, Ft. Carson, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"If it comes out of the lion's mouth...it will be on the test."
-Mr. Bala

That was very pretty.