"Burial" by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
From Millay, Edna St. Vincent. Second April New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1921. pp. 58.
MINE is a body that should die at sea!
And have for a grave, instead of a grave
Six feet deep and the length of me,
All the water that is under the wave !
And terrible fishes to seize my flesh,
Such as a living man might fear,
And eat me while I am firm and fresh,–
Not wait till I've been dead for a year !