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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 Apr. 23 2009 at 7:53 pm
HeavenCooley GOLD, Stillwater, Oklahoma
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i like this poem its so awesome

HannahW BRONZE said...
on Apr. 23 2009 at 6:44 pm
HannahW BRONZE, West Des Moines, Iowa
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thanks for the comments, everyone. the main theme of this poem is legacy, but i do try to leave the poem open to different interpretations. and yes, kathleene, this was a homework assignment for an english class. we were reading the kowit book. ^_~

on Apr. 22 2009 at 2:49 am
Very deep.... ists tells and expresses alot of feeling

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on Apr. 12 2009 at 11:49 pm
Greek311 PLATINUM, New City, New York
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The way you used 'My dearest' was beautiful. It really gave emphasized the love within the relationship. Beautiful work

on Apr. 9 2009 at 11:46 pm
Cheri-Submission BRONZE, Oxnard, California
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The words made me think of a lover, while the tone was that of a morbid place in Mulan Rouge (which I'm sure I spelled wrong).

on Apr. 9 2009 at 1:28 am

on Apr. 8 2009 at 12:42 am
iAmTheStardust PLATINUM, Moon Twp., Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"The prettiest flowers grow in the biggest pile of manure."

this is a fantatstic poem! i love your sense of thinking! keep writing!

DoLL_F@C3 said...
on Apr. 7 2009 at 11:32 pm
DoLL_F@C3, Memphis, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:

this was fantastic! keep up the good work

on Apr. 7 2009 at 1:10 pm
This is beatiful. I love the way you mixed death with the words you used to describe you're thoughts. Fantastic.

KathleenE. said...
on Apr. 6 2009 at 10:26 pm
I like this a lot. Did you get the inspiration from the Steve Kowit book? If so, I especially like how you completley transformed the poem. It went in such an unexpected way. I think it gets really good in the last 2 stanzas.

on Apr. 6 2009 at 4:48 pm
IttehBitteh GOLD, Pflugerville, Texas
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these people..are trying to look really smart with their comments haha i dont exactly understand it you should add on and maybe put a explantion but thats just me

on Apr. 4 2009 at 8:10 pm
Free_spirit BRONZE, Fort Myers, Florida
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wow. i think its great. your an amazing poet :)

Moshu SILVER said...
on Apr. 4 2009 at 6:35 pm
Moshu SILVER, Seekonk, Massachusetts
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How chilling! It was so lighthearted it was disturbing. I wish I could know where you got your inspiration for it! Very clear and precise.

on Apr. 4 2009 at 2:41 am
francheeze88 SILVER, Oak Park, Illinois
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Wow, I love this. You write about death in such an optimistic and beautiful way.

torinb10 said...
on Apr. 4 2009 at 1:20 am
wow ur amazing

on Apr. 4 2009 at 12:28 am
Audrey Gidman, Putnam, Connecticut
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This is absolutely incredible. I love it, the theme, the tone, the way you crafted the sentences, the way the words are strung together. It almost makes no sense at all, but it is very enlightening.

Mena<3 BRONZE said...
on Apr. 3 2009 at 1:19 pm
Mena<3 BRONZE, Darlington, Wisconsin
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this is really good; it has alot of meaning=]

on Apr. 3 2009 at 1:25 am
middlesage BRONZE, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
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i loved this.

on Apr. 2 2009 at 5:06 pm
Rose Wolf SILVER, Boise, Idaho
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I really love this. Doesn't need to be any clearer. It has the perfect balance of structure and mystery. Great job.