My Last Will

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My Last Will  (1915) 
by Joe Hill
Joe Hill was sentenced to death after being accused of the murder of two shopkeepers (a conviction which is often disputed by historians). On November 18, 1915, one day before his execution, he wrote his last will. That same day, he sent a telegram to fellow IWW member Bill Haywood telling him "Don't waste time mourning – Organize!"

My Last Will


My Will is easy to decide
For there is nothing to divide
My kin don't need to fuss and moan
"Moss does not cling to rolling stone"
My body?—Oh!—If I could choose
I would to ashes it reduce
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow

 Perhaps some fading flower then
 Would come to life and bloom again.

 This is my Last and Final Will—
 Good Luck to All of you

Joe Hill


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1915, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.