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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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Jyvon said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 7:48 am
sorry this was my idiiotic friend trying to be funny this poem was actuallyreally enteraining and goo. 5/5

imagayfag said...
on Sep. 18 2009 at 7:38 am
im sorry. what i ment was this poem is awesome. i love it with all my heart and i would marry this girl

MoyruhJO GOLD said...
on Jul. 20 2009 at 1:15 am
MoyruhJO GOLD, Chesapeake, VA, Virginia
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This is one of the best things I've ever read from someone in our age group. GREAT job :]

on Jun. 29 2009 at 6:26 pm
relenanite BRONZE, Bailey, Mississippi
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Amazing and Powerful. To me, as someone who's lost so many loved ones, this poem has aclear message -when someone you love dies, you can't live in denial or hold on to the pain. But also, you can't just forget. You have to let them live on inside you. Take everything your feeling, take all the memories and lessons that were a part of that person, and use them to learn, to make you stronger. To live life. When you lose someone you love, it hurts so much you feel lost. But if you let that person live inside you, It's like they are there protecting you, giving your days meaning, love, and a greater thirst for life. Thank you for writting that.

Lonleydandy said...
on Jun. 27 2009 at 2:26 am
WOW. It was great. I have never read something like that, but I am glad that I came across it. What was your inspiration for that???? It must be something interesting.

on Jun. 17 2009 at 4:03 am
Sophia Som BRONZE, Snohomish, Washington
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I loved it! something totally different, unique, not something that is boring and original. and if i say it's not original- that's a compliment. :) keep up the good work!

on Jun. 15 2009 at 12:14 am
Sincerely, this is *good.* I hope you keep writing poetry.

chayRocs said...
on Jun. 14 2009 at 2:56 pm
WOW awsome poem i had too thik of the words a lil bit but now it's like totaly amazing keep up the good work

on Jun. 14 2009 at 4:48 am
soccerpsycho49 PLATINUM, Teaneck, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Those who say that sunshine is happiness have never danced in the rain.

luv it. abosolutely luv it.

RiaRen SILVER said...
on Jun. 9 2009 at 2:42 pm
RiaRen SILVER, New Bothwell, Other
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your poem is great!!! you know, i am incapable of getting goosebumps, but after reading your poem i wish i could get goosebumps. your poem has an eerie kind of feel to it and it great!!

if you have a chance, is there any way you can check out my poems? i dont care if your a critisizer(?) cuz i luv critism!!

kiersten P/O

on Jun. 4 2009 at 6:00 pm
wind'schime SILVER, Malacca, Other
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this poem is really great!!its as if there's a hidden meaning in it

on Jun. 3 2009 at 10:01 pm
tigeress3 PLATINUM, Dayton, Ohio
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I can't even think of anything to say. So unique, morbid, and beautiful.

on Jun. 2 2009 at 10:54 pm
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
62 articles 1 photo 881 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Some things will never change"---Tupac

This is very well written. The title alone captured my attention. VERY GOOD!!

FarmGirl said...
on Jun. 2 2009 at 10:52 pm
FarmGirl, East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Cool but it is kinda scary

on Jun. 2 2009 at 10:42 pm
reddlover_70017 SILVER, Springboro, Ohio
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It was pretty good...it had some parts that didn't quite go along with the title...but the emotion that was put into the poem itself was brillaint!

shawn09 said...
on Jun. 2 2009 at 10:41 am
I found a great Father's Day gift idea. Its poetry and there are even a few posted on the site for free usage. The website is http://bradleyalmighty.tripod.com

I think you will like this stuff.

on Jun. 1 2009 at 10:25 pm
soccerpsycho49 PLATINUM, Teaneck, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Those who say that sunshine is happiness have never danced in the rain.

it was so different but so insightful. it rlly makes u think cuz the whole poem can be taken as a metaphor too.

on May. 29 2009 at 9:06 pm
xsummer_rainx BRONZE, Hermon, Maine
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That is awesome! I love this poem, it's not like anything I've ever heard anywhere before! :)

on May. 26 2009 at 6:42 pm
Caitlyn_ilovesoftball GOLD, Douds, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
"Hello Cat-i-lynn Mill-ard-o," -friends
"Stop saying that!! My name ain't Cat-i-lynn Mill-ard-o!!" -Me
"Okay, fine, Hello Cat."-friends
(GRRRRR)
----Also----
"You a turtle on steroids!"-friends
"Hahaha, I know" -ME

It was, different. But different is always good. I like it!!

jgb1300 said...
on May. 26 2009 at 3:12 pm
weird but original.