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Your cardboard box is an Ark



You take one of each: one book. One frame.

One door. One shoe.

You wrap them up safely: the cups. The hearts.

Everything goes down in newspaper scraps

like yesterday’s tomorrow.


You make every box a guardian of secrets.

A treasure unburied. A dream clouded in dust,

then unveiled.

All the old dedications, crinkled photographs,

they speak of love, love, love, then ask:

Why are you leaving? Did you not like it here?


When Noah told them, come, to my Ark,

don’t you think they went asking?


It was a new shore and new life

and they did not want to leave home.


If you are restless, think of the flood. Think of

the species: one lout. One pen. One light. One key.

You toss them into the boat so your

old life won’t drown. All new shores are hopes,

but past shores are hands.


A cardboard fleet is setting out.

Their sails no bigger than curtains. Noah commands

a sea of memories to divide, make way – or was that Moses? –

and all things move through,

possibly breaking, but most likely not.


Your box is an Ark. You say: Come, come.

I’m sorry we have to go, but it’s time.

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