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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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Shannah GOLD said...
on Oct. 28 2011 at 11:56 pm
Shannah GOLD, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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I loved it! i thought it was very interesting and true when I die I don't want my bones sitting in the ground rotting. Let them be used!!

on Oct. 28 2011 at 11:33 am
I really like this and i have enjoyed reading it

Lexie96 GOLD said...
on Oct. 22 2011 at 6:44 pm
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
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Creepy, but good; deep. Think any of you could check out some of my work sometime?

on Oct. 18 2011 at 9:03 am
RandomRanda GOLD, Paoli, Indiana
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its good! i love it! keep writing!

on Oct. 6 2011 at 10:04 am
i think it's a lil creepy but i like it!

on Sep. 30 2011 at 8:24 pm
HateKnuckle SILVER, Peru, New York
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This is wonderful. Sorry to advertise but I am desperate. I only have three so it shouldn't be that bad. Please look at them and tell me what you think. Be honest.

on Sep. 29 2011 at 9:00 am
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Insult my clothes, I say, “Okay, thanks for the compliment.”
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that's deep...i love it!!

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on Sep. 18 2011 at 1:52 pm
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very deep im at loss of words right now

on Sep. 14 2011 at 7:04 pm
paigeturner9 PLATINUM, Palo Alto, California
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this is unbelievable! Such a great poem :)

on Sep. 9 2011 at 11:18 am
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on Sep. 1 2011 at 9:33 am
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...Wow... :)

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on Aug. 23 2011 at 6:37 pm
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awesome :) very creative


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on Aug. 23 2011 at 12:22 pm
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on Aug. 20 2011 at 12:47 pm
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on Aug. 18 2011 at 5:28 pm

why do i love this so much?


on Aug. 14 2011 at 12:17 pm
radicalhonesty GOLD, Alpharetta, Georgia
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This is unique and beautiful. I think I've interpreted (sp?) the first stanza, but the next two are so deep i can't begin to comprehend them. Could maybe explain it to me? thanks so much :D

on Aug. 1 2011 at 11:54 pm
ohheyyyelli SILVER, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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Strangely beautiful. (:

on Aug. 1 2011 at 10:27 am
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it's different....but well written.

on Aug. 1 2011 at 9:50 am
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beautiful! i love it. it is strangly interesting.


on Jul. 29 2011 at 12:39 pm
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