Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Boxes

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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.

18 comments:

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

    Have a wonderful Tuesday. Happy HoT.
    -smarmoofus

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  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.

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  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Great news about Ivy too!

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

    Loved your take on boxes!

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

    I'm speechless.

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

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  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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