Box

Think of a box.

Think of everything you can put into a box.

Think of crayons, think of wires and unused spare parts.

Think of old cassette tapes that you can’t play anymore.

Think of socks, ties, hats you would never wear.

Think of the letters that you will never send.

Think of old photographs of people you will never see again.

 

Consider the box.

Consider the lid and how to shut it tight.

Consider if air can still manage to find its way in

and whether light has reason to be inside it.

Consider everything you’ve put within

and what you have kept outside of it.

 

Reflect on freedom. Ponder on imprisonment.

Consider protection. Consider whether this box

is weather-proof, shock-proof, water-proof.

If it falls into the ocean, will it float or sink

deep into the ocean’s depths?

 

Consider this box.

Think of the box.

Think of me.

I’m not in the box.

It must be a pretty big box

if I’m going to fit in it

at any point in time.

 

It has to be large enough

to fit the full context of me.

 

How big must the box be

to fit in the full context of you?

 

Think of a box.

What is it for?

What do you need boxes for?

12 thoughts on “Box

  1. I think of a box that is too small that even a screw could not fit in. A box that is permeable, translucent but not transparent. A small box that would remind me of my choices. An undersize box that unconsciously willing to be boxed.

    I think of a box that is not cornered or limited. Perhaps a box that is not box.

      • Regardless, there’s an originality in its call to the reader to consider such an obscure thought. Such an obscurity in imagery allows the reader to take charge of the poem, which, to me, is what makes the poem so enticing. I look forward to the finished product.

        • I love it when a poem allows the reader to “take charge of it” as one of my poetry teachers have always instructed: “once the piece is out there, it’s no longer yours but the reader’s; so write it as best as you can — down to its most minute detail — so that the majority of your readers experience the same feeling or thought.”

          But, for me, once a poem gives “permission” to the reader to take charge of it, that means it connected with them and connection is the most important thing to me as a writer.

          So thank you. 🙂

        • I’ve been lucky. Had four great Philippine poets as professors when I was at University.

          I followed your blog on wordpress. I can’t wait to check it out! 🙂

        • Thank you! Hopefully you’ll find something you like.

          I’m sort of jealous that you had poets that mentored you at university. I had a professor who went to the University of Edinburgh, but he was more inclined to appreciate traditional poetry (i.e. sonnets) than the more contemporary stuff… which makes sense, because the man went to Edinburgh to study Medieval Literature. He wasn’t much of an influence on me though, haha, otherwise I’d probably be writing epics about Kind Arthur in iambic pentameter.

        • I’m actually going through your work now! It’s quite interesting. I’ve started becoming more aware of the nuances of Spoken Word pieces and how they differ from poetry and the differences fascinate me. It’s something I am self-studying as the Spoken Word scene is exploding here in Manila in a huge way and I’m really a more traditional kind of poet (but is very open to new and all styles and forms).

          And, yes, I was lucky that my mentors were both fans of traditional AND contemporary poets and would teach them side-by-side each other and not against each other. It was more on craft and technique and not style. Again, not wanting to brag, but I was super lucky.

          I’m liking what I’m reading so far. Do you have videos of your Spoken Word performances? 🙂

        • I appreciate the feedback in regards to my work! I’ve dabbled in the Spoken Word for about 4 years, but I didn’t start taking it seriously as an art until about a year ago. My performances have been taped, but I don’t personally possess any of the footage from them. It’s funny, because my writing endeavors began when I was about 13 when rap culture peaked in American pop culture (2006-2008), even if the music was garbage. I took what I learned from hip hop artists I admired, as well as various poets I admire, and combined them in order to create my own style of Spoken Word that has separated me from other artists in its scene. The Spoken Word is an art that I’d highly recommend trying out! It’s competitive, disciplined, and, most importantly, extremely fun.

        • I can appreciate it, study it, comment on it intelligently/critically (I think) but there’s no way I can do it. I know memorization is important and my memory sucks and I sorta freeze when I have to perform pieces in front of an audience. I can read my poems in front of a crowd but that’s not Spoken Word. I respect the art form to much to pretend that I can do it.

          It’s okay. I don’t have to do everything. Haha

          I kinda noticed that on some of your pieces. It has inflections of Spoken Word and classical poetry. I like the mix. It’s cool that you are exploring something new; keeping it fresh! 👍😊

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