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I don’t want you—that

beautifully framed body and

tender soul—to go before I.

See, the day you die my dear

I will too. I know you’d want me

to sing the Song of Life but I

can’t, I won’t.

Our service will be shared

so our lives can be

cherished and wept for at


We will also share a coffin, so

when our bodies decay to

bone, our femurs and fibulas

will cuddle until the end of




he, him, his

College of Arts & Sciences

Class of 2022, Psychology

Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies minor

Jake is a student athlete on the UVA Swim and Dive Team. He has always loved poetry and writing to express himself during times of hardship and stress. However, he was finally able to take a poetry class during his second semester in college, when he wrote these pieces. During this time, he explored his sexuality and feelings about his first relationship with a man. He took another poetry class in the fall semester, and cannot wait to continue to develop his writing skills.


“This is one of my favorite poems I’ve written. The writing is simple and concise, which is extremely different from any poem I’ve written. It is hard to write a poem that is short yet conveys so much meaning. I wanted to show my intense love in just a few sentences.”

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