The Next Life – Jacob Beardsley

When I die
cremate me
grind me up
mix the ashes with some soil
and feed me to the cherry tomatoes
in our backyard. When they’re ripe
pick them
put them in a bowl
and give them to someone
who really
cherry tomatoes.


 Jacob Beardsley is a fifteen-year-old who lives in Virginia Beach, Va. He is currently trying to complete what he hopes will be his first book of poetry, “Feed Me to the Cherry Tomatoes.” He posts poetry on his Twitter, @jakebeardsley1.