Unboxing

Driving in a box on wheels, I arrive at a box to work, And stare at a box, while I ponder…


The following piece was awarded joint Third Prize in the OU Students Association The Outside World Writing Competition for Freshers Fortnight 2021 (20 Sept – 3 Oct). The author, Kate, is living in Staffordshire, and is currently studying Psychology with Counselling.

Awakening in a box,
I pour from a box to eat,
And hop into a box to wash,

Driving in a box on wheels,
I arrive at a box to work,
And stare at a box, while I ponder…

Perhaps it would be better to be a fox?
Paws padding on crunchy ovals,
Nose sniffing bark cylinders,

Or a bird?
Perching on high prisms,
Picking at succulent spheres?

For nature needs no unboxing,
Meanwhile we, boxed from cot to coffin,
Must break out and wrap ourselves in her wild.


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