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It’s Post Your Poems Day!

May 12, 2010

Cardboard maze by JackVinson on Flickr

When I was in preschool, we had a party each spring in the playground of the school with face-painting, games, crafts, and hay rides, as well as my favorite activity–the cardboard maze. For weeks before the party, a group of parents would volunteer their time to construct a giant maze out of cardboard boxes. Although I didn’t end up writing about cardboard mazes, working with the “boxes” prompt this week brought back some great memories of them!

Did you play with boxes this week? Find something hidden away in a box that you had forgotten about? Explore the meaning of an empty box? Perhaps you let out your inner child and turned a refrigerator box into a castle or a spaceship. Or maybe while free-writing about boxes, some other idea jumped out at you that you just had to write about. Whatever you wrote about this week, now is the time to share it with the world! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your poem on your own blog, or if you don’t have a blog, you can leave your entire poem in the comments.

Once you leave your own comment, be sure to visit everyone else’s links. After all, we’re a community, and one of the best ways a community of writers can support its members is to read and comment on one another’s work. As we read each other’s poems, let’s remember why we created this community. We are a group of poets who seek inspiration, challenges, and a social community of other poets. If you comment on another poet’s work, please do so thoughtfully and positively – we are not a critique group!

  1. May 12, 2010 12:14 am


    • Diane Truswell permalink
      May 12, 2010 10:02 am

      I think both of these are excellent! Did you come from the military?

    • May 15, 2010 8:58 am

      Posted a comment on your blog, but this is for everyone. I want to acknowledge Rob’s work here on this site. HUZZAH!

  2. May 12, 2010 12:22 am

    I wrote two to prompt this week. The first is titled: “PARABLE.”

    Some of you have already seen it because I combined prompts from WWP and Big Tent Poetry linked to it over there too. So I also wrote one that hasn’t been linked to anywhere until today. It too is a result of combined prompts, this time WWP and Poetry on Wednesday.

    It is titled: “DITTO.”

    • May 12, 2010 6:36 am

      Having trouble posting on your blog. Both poems were excellent. You are a teller pf stories Both could be developed into something more. Well done


      • Diane Truswell permalink
        May 12, 2010 10:06 am

        Great images!

  3. Irene permalink*
    May 12, 2010 3:03 am

    Here’s my poem for WWP’s first ever ever prompt. Mallery, love your post.

    moving boxes

  4. angie permalink
    May 12, 2010 3:50 am

    mine is #439 —

    I’ll be around to visit after school today, hopefully!!

  5. May 12, 2010 4:46 am

    The prompt took me straight to a this poem:

  6. May 12, 2010 4:51 am

    Loved hearing about your cardboard maze! Here’s my poem.

  7. May 12, 2010 5:09 am

    My exploration brought me to a little silver box that used to belong to my great grandmother, Ida Kiiskinen. It houses some of my charms, now.

    Love the cardboard box maze, and your post. Thank you Mallery for being here!!

    It’s off to work…I anticipate an excellent evening’s reading!

    • May 15, 2010 8:46 am

      Candid, lovely. The umbilical cord sounds like something I’d keep…! Many of us have keepsake boxes, but your memories gathered here, the eloquence of your phrasing, makes this stand out. (Tried to post to your blog; unsuccessful.) Amy

  8. May 12, 2010 5:10 am

    Wonderful idea Mallery, about your cardboard maze! Gives a whole new meaning to that old stone, “cardboard jungle” too.

    And my poem, Dragon’s tale
    Nice dragon, nice, please be good…

  9. Mary Kling permalink
    May 12, 2010 5:20 am

    I enjoyed this prompt very much. It brought back a childhood memory. I look forward to getting to know all of you at WWP. Here is my poem “Boxes” written this week.

    • Diane Truswell permalink
      May 12, 2010 10:26 am

      Love the ‘roll free’ concept!

    • May 15, 2010 8:42 am

      Left a comment on your blog, but we all agree, great memories were conjured from your poem, Mary!

  10. May 12, 2010 5:20 am

    Great job on your poems, everyone! I’m working my way through reading them all. Here’s mine: Box in the laundry closet

    • May 12, 2010 10:38 am

      I’m not able to post anything here. Help?

      • May 13, 2010 12:22 am


        Can you tell me what in particular happens when you try to post a comment? Then I can try to help.


      • May 15, 2010 8:38 am

        Perhaps you need to sign up on the day the prompt is posted, then it will accept your ID when you come back later? I’m new here myself, but as a techie/geek, that’s my best theory. Anyone else?

        Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

    • May 15, 2010 8:39 am

      “Vessels for lifestyles…” Wonderful phrase, Mallery. And it’s funny, I never thought about how many people had tried on the shoes before me – except at the bowling alley!!

  11. May 12, 2010 5:28 am


    mine has the really original title: boxes

  12. May 12, 2010 5:54 am

    I went somewhere really interesting with the prompt….


  13. May 12, 2010 6:15 am

    Gee, I thought I had posted my poem.
    Here it is:

    my poem

    This is a little different.

  14. diladi permalink
    May 12, 2010 6:42 am

    This prompt made me think of a couple of boxes hanging around…

    • Diane Truswell permalink
      May 12, 2010 6:47 am

      I just changed my public name from diladi to Diane Truswell. Was a little confused as this is my first post.

  15. May 12, 2010 8:01 am


    Here is my post. Thanks for the fun.Heartspell

  16. May 12, 2010 8:05 am

    I wrote (pretty freely) about a box of misfitting clothes:
    Checking my box of almost never

  17. May 12, 2010 9:37 am

    I’m popping in to say Hi to all my old RWP peeps and to new ones I hope to meet here! I’m hoping to become a more active participant soon. Meanwhile, I do have a new poem up on my blog, if you care to visit. Warning: it’s on the sad side but reflects what’s happening in my corner of the world – a sad state of affairs that is on everyone’s minds on the Gulf Coast these days.
    I’m going to visit y’all’s posts in hopes of finding happier words!

    • May 12, 2010 10:14 am

      You are so so welcome back and here Zouxzoux! Thank you for saying hello!!

  18. Peggy permalink
    May 12, 2010 10:30 am

    My friend Mary suggested coming to your new site and I have enjoyed it so far. I am uncertain how to put the box poems up here. Let me know please if we are not to put them here in comments!

    Box Head

    Boxes and
    their walls come
    in all sizes
    and every hue.
    They are
    only as real
    as the boxes
    in your

    • Irene permalink*
      May 13, 2010 5:49 am

      We should think out of the box right? Box Head made me think of Spongebob.

  19. Marian Veverka permalink
    May 12, 2010 11:17 am

    My Valentines

    Rough and sturdy, this box was made
    For men’s workshoes , It would never
    Recognize itself wrapped with borders
    Of lace and crepe paper ruffles, embellished
    All over with bright red “I love you” hearts.

    It sits in its splendor on the teacher’s desk
    As third graders slide their messages through
    The slit cut in its center. Some arrived early
    That day, sat and watched as their class-
    Mates tried to act cool as they placed their
    Small white envelopes in the slot all at
    Once, not wanting to give away how many
    They had prepared.

    The teacher, as teachers are taught to do, tried
    To be fair, suggesting in her note to the parents
    That each child receive a valentine and listed
    All the names in her class to make sure.
    But we knew who we were, the outsiders on
    The fringe of the “in” crowd and taking the
    Advice of someone’s older sister, had come
    Prepared. The handfuls of valentines we
    Slipped in the box were carefully addressed
    To ourselves.

  20. May 12, 2010 11:27 am

    Had no idea how much boxes have affected me – great prompt!

  21. May 12, 2010 11:50 am

    I will try to post the poem here instead of the link because I am unable to post anything but replies to comments for some reason:

    64 Colors

    aquamarine sky
    raw umber bear
    spring green bubble trees

    we jealously guarded
    the orange boxes packed with
    slim harlequin soldiers

    arranging their glossy pointed heads
    by tone or hue or favor
    apricot, periwinkle, copper, midnight blue

    risking sour regret
    if our fingers pressed too hard
    breaking one in two

    its middle sagging
    miserably held together
    by only its grey paper uniform

    a wounded trooper no
    longer tall and erect
    ruining the lot

    years later we peeled them
    like Easter eggs
    crumbled them into a warm Maxwell House can

    poured the slick liquid into
    amorphous holes dug in the ground
    lined with yellow sand

    forming gritty tie-dyed
    candles we hoped to burn
    in dorm rooms someday

    while watching
    childhood and adolescence
    recede with the silver smoke

    • May 12, 2010 11:52 am

      Click on my name if you want to leave comments on my blog. Thanks for letting me participate!

  22. May 12, 2010 12:37 pm

    Poem is deceptively titled, An Audit

  23. May 12, 2010 1:53 pm

    This is still a draft…an angry draft…called “Greetings from Arizona”

  24. May 12, 2010 2:03 pm

    congrats, WWP on your first prompt and invitation to post poems! i found really helpful items — love manuals and maps — in the glove box of my car! going to make my way around to read tonight after dinner and an open mic!

    • May 14, 2010 3:50 am

      Appreciate your visit here and thanks Carolee!

      Good one (and no surprise!).

  25. May 12, 2010 4:27 pm

    (correcting link problems in earlier comment)
    Here is my post. Thanks for the fun.Heartspell

    Journey Within A Box

  26. May 12, 2010 4:30 pm

    Here’s mine: 64 Colors

    • May 12, 2010 10:41 pm

      Hi Marie! Glad you’re here. And you got your poem posted above I see as text in a comment, so that’s good.

      I look at your actual code for the link in comment here and see the problem. I’ll send you an email with code that should work properly to do what you want. Big thanks for hanging in! That’s the spirit of poetry!! 🙂 ~Neil

      • May 18, 2010 11:50 am

        Thank you, Neil! It looks as though I got it halfway there.

  27. Peggy permalink
    May 12, 2010 5:14 pm

    I wrote another box poem related to my first box poem which I posted earlier. I have them both on my blog site and hope this link will take you there. Feel free to leave a comment!

  28. May 13, 2010 5:37 am

    I just have to say that this is such a strong and true poem (not mine – but one of Diane who posted earlier) that I hope others will identify…as I did

  29. May 13, 2010 6:32 am

    Oh! Oh! A shipping container is a box! And really the coffee processing I have in mind uses grate boxes… So I have boxes! I didn’t even realize it when I submitted something to the 48hr magazine folks this week (waited for the rejection before posting). I boxed myself in but ended up being even more open. Neat.

  30. May 13, 2010 6:55 am

    Thanks for the prompt! Ended up with a kyrielle at

  31. May 13, 2010 10:34 am


    I *wanted* to write to this week’s prompt, but couldn’t this week. I will be back, around, a visitor, etc!!

    Enjoy your party, poets!

    • Irene permalink*
      May 13, 2010 3:28 pm

      Hi Deb, Thanks for dropping by. *squeal* It’s nice to see all the familiar faces. It makes us feel less insecure. Hey we’re human. We have insecurities.

      (Thinking out loud, maybe a free prompt day so those who could not write to a prompt can also share. I think a poem written is not complete till it’s a poem read. The reader is “the active participant without whom the poem is never finished,” quoting Adrienne Rich.) And I ramble.

    • May 14, 2010 3:14 am

      I appreciate your visit Deb! Thanks.

  32. May 13, 2010 11:36 am

    Here is my poem about boxes

    I will be back later tonight to read everyone’s poem. 🙂

  33. Victoria permalink
    May 13, 2010 9:59 pm

    I’m a day late, but I do have a box poem just posted on my poetry blog, I like your prompts and hope to be more timely next week.

    • May 13, 2010 10:38 pm

      Hi Victoria. Can’t get my comment through on your blog, so…

      A beautifully expressed sentiment, heard here through both your voice and with the images of moments valued by your father now gone. It is sentimental in the best sense of the word, and being so personal, intimate, it draws us inside. And what history of a life shared in such breadth with so few words, just by what was in a box, and grows by all that’s implied. Very nice writing, evocative, yet the touch is also light.

      And please no worry about being “late”. We have no clock like that. Only reason really for keeping close to the date is that more people are likely to see your post, then have the chance to read and appreciate what you’ve shared with us.

      Thanks for sharing and welcome! ~Neil

      • Victoria permalink
        May 14, 2010 3:08 pm

        Thanks you Neil for your kind and welcoming response to my boxed poem. I intend to spend some time this weekend reading more of the poems posted here – seems like a good place for me to be.

  34. May 16, 2010 10:19 pm

    My poem “Speaking of Boxes” is at


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