Tuesday, September 09, 2008


***Quick Update: Remember on Friday when I asked folks to help sign a petition started by Veronica so that beautiful but sick little girl could get the treatment she needs? IT WORKED! IT WORKED! Please go take a look. The power of love in the blogging community restores my faith in humanity.***

Today is smoke-free day 450, and time for Heads or Tails.
Today is HEADS - Box.

Boxes of memories
pared down with each move
to make room for more
boxes of memories.

Each box a place,
each place a chapter,
and for you, just for you,
a peek inside my table of contents.

Here's where I grew up.
A baby book, report cards, a hospital band,
my first doll, a special blanket, bad poetry,
yearbooks and the last letter from Gran.

Here's where I went to college.
Research papers with red scribbled margins,
a petty argument chronicled in 4 photobooth pictures,
a black cap and gown, a diploma, mom's obituary.

Here's where I went to Japan.
Plane ticket copy, old lesson plans, Hello Kitty everything,
loose photos, albumed photos, letters from students,
endless chopsticks, 10,000 hopeful yen (~US$100) for a return trip.

Here's a few moves while back to the States.
Mementos of dashed hopes and changes of plans,
tokens of a new love and the sweetest words written to me,
plus a little empty to fill the page if I move again.


  1. That was poignant. I'm gonna go be emotional now.

    Have a wonderful Tuesday. Happy HoT.

  2. I DO LOVE THIS!!!!
    Oh so VERY good!!!

    My HoT is posted. Come on by for a visit if you can get a chance.

  3. wow, i love this! those are very similar to the contents of my boxes. funny how each one really is a part of your life.

    ps. you now know i have one for barbies too! haha!

  4. Beautiful....this is probably going to be my favourite HOT entry visited today :)

  5. Lovely, lovely stuff. I like your mind, Maggie.

  6. What a great post! Don't we all have those boxes - so full of memories, some happy, some sad. Great writing!

  7. That is very nice and beautifully written. Have a great HoT.

  8. That was nice - I think we all have our own boxes...

  9. Awww ... it's amazing the memories mere things can stir up, isn't it?

  10. It was nice the way you put the chapters of your life into "boxes". beautifully written, have a great week, Iris

  11. Beautifully written, I love how you are able to share so much so eloquently.

    Great news about Ivy too!

  12. I've never heard of Heads or Tails. I may have to check it out!

    Loved your take on boxes!

  13. Oh wow.. that was so beautiful and moving. (No pun intended.)

    I'm speechless.

  14. Absolutely beautiful. I loved the imagery in each verse, through each box. I loved peeking at your journey to Japan :)

  15. What a lovely poetic reflection on boxes in your HoTs post … I’ve got boxes of similar mementos of my own ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,


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