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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 Jul. 10 2011 at 5:13 pm
i liked the use of words and the meaning behind it. its really good

on Jul. 10 2011 at 1:25 pm
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on Jul. 10 2011 at 12:03 pm
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on Jul. 10 2011 at 10:47 am
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It's epic! I like that figurative meaning behind it all and that subtle commanding tone. 

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on Jul. 7 2011 at 6:40 pm
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on Jun. 18 2011 at 7:54 pm
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on Jun. 18 2011 at 7:41 pm
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on Jun. 18 2011 at 4:03 pm
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on Jun. 18 2011 at 10:54 am
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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

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on Jun. 1 2011 at 5:26 pm
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i absolutely love this poem. It's my type. Please write more your a genius! :)

on May. 27 2011 at 10:23 pm
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With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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wow, I absolutly LOVE this poem! it's my new favorite!

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on May. 27 2011 at 10:33 am
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on May. 27 2011 at 12:26 am
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on May. 26 2011 at 1:27 pm



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on May. 25 2011 at 11:59 am
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this so different i love it hope to read more from you:)

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on May. 18 2011 at 12:03 pm
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on May. 16 2011 at 8:51 pm
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on May. 5 2011 at 10:15 pm
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on May. 5 2011 at 7:24 pm
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I know I've already commented, but is this not extremely beautiful? Seriously, I read it every once in a while!!!