A Beautiful Cremation

By Aleah Dye

I’ll trade ashes

with you.


The two of us

are already together,

sweat, skin, teeth,



so why not

the rest?



we are dead

and gone,

I’ll still want

to hold your hand.


It could be


pink flesh dripping,

cheap funeral pyre

in isolation.


Aleah Dye (she/her) primarily writes poetry, tending towards topics of morbidity, love, social justice, and philosophy. She specializes in the free verse Whitman pioneered. You can find Dye’s published book, If I Just Look Hard Enough, for purchase on Amazon and Sweek. Discover her latest publication via mineral lit mag. Follow her @bearsbeetspoet on Twitter.  

This poem is a part of the DISTANCED project.