'When I Am Dead'

from by Steven C. Davis



When I am dead, do not bury me beneath
The ground to rot and waste, for worms to feast.
Commit me to the fires, the tongues that lick,
The voices that roar, the flames that flicker.
Scatter my thoughts like ashes to the clouds
That nevermore on these hills will I roam.
That nevermore through the woods and fields,
Is there a single place that I call home.
Release me over the Roaches and scatter me
In Castleton and Hope and Eyam.
Distribute me over Dovedale and Wolfscote Dale
And lavish me over Lathkill Dale.
Let no one say I took and gave nothing back.
To the land I give everything I have: I give myself.


from Sorrow Works: A Collection, released August 3, 2014



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Steven C. Davis

Steven C. Davis is the author of Cornix Sinistra and Armageddon Angel, a pair of apocalyptic science fiction novels set in a series of alternate Readings.
He is the co-author of The Heart's Cog Imperative, a dark and twisted Steampunk adventure tale.


He is also a poet and the presenter of the GASP radio show.
He lives in Berkshire and makes a damn fine chocolate cake
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