This poem was inspired by the use of the Funky Bones sculpture in John Green’s young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars.
"Go ahead and dance"
Go ahead and dance upon these bones
crushing them as nothing beneath your feet
speaking banal absurdities, roaring about
how you are the exception to such an end
how you will escape, now quick and light, both snare and fowler
Go ahead and glide over these relics
smoothing bone to dust under your press
snortling froth and foam, ranting about
how you will be spared the same fate
how you will escape, now strong and alive, without 'so much a singe'
Go ahead and bow before these dead
blessing the stone that does not move
feeling heat nor pulse, whispering about
how you will entomb a side-place therehow you must embrace, now bloated and spent, this playground for others