Boxes All Around Us

Boxes, all shapes and sizes

Boxes

Boxes all around us,

Many shapes and sizes,

Square, rectangular, and round,

Sometimes holding prizes.

Choose the money or the box,

The choice is up to you.

Pull the curtain to the side

It’s all you have to do.

Fast food comes in boxes,

Pizza, chicken too.

Fruit is shipped in boxes,

And it’s how we buy our shoes.

Buy a house or have it built,

A box for you to live.

Present a box to your loved one,

“Will you accept this ring?”

Boxes hold a lady’s treasures

Like valuables and jewels.

For a handyman or tradesman

It’s a place to store his tools.

A toy box holds our playthings

When we are just a child,

And our body’s placed within a box

When we grow old and die.

Coffin

by John Hansen © 2017

 

 

John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

12 thoughts on “Boxes All Around Us

  • February 25, 2017 at 9:55 AM
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    That last box is inevitable for us. I like this poem a lot, John – boxes fascinate me, I collect boxes of ceramic, glass,wood, pewter and bronze. Nice work on this verse.

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  • February 25, 2017 at 1:55 PM
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    Yes, Phyllis boxes are intriguing. They are everywhere, and yes the last one is hard to avoid.

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  • February 25, 2017 at 3:17 PM
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    We take so much for granted don’t we, and when someone brings attention, we suddenly realize something like a box is an intrinsic part of life. WE live in them, eat from them, work in them and in the end take our final sleep in one. Nice work John

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    • February 26, 2017 at 1:02 AM
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      Yes, Tony we do take things like boxes for granted and not realise how much our life relies on them. Thanks for reading.

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  • February 25, 2017 at 3:34 PM
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    I prefer to stay outside of the box, especially the last one John……. Going for broke on this my friend…. Lol… Enjoyed the read very much.

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  • February 26, 2017 at 1:03 AM
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    Kurt, I too prefer to stay outside that final box at least. Glad you enjoyed reading this.

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  • February 28, 2017 at 3:15 PM
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    Yeah I’m not looking forward to that box either John so I hope I have a long time before I see its face. Very cool piece on something like Tony said we take for granted, boxes do hold an important part in many of our daily lives. Good one~Paul

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  • February 28, 2017 at 4:28 PM
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    Hey, Paul, Thank you. None of us want to embrace that final box do we? For good reason. We do take a lot of things for granted that are all around us, boxes being one.

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  • August 12, 2017 at 12:29 AM
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    John,

    Such a whimsical poem about something so simple: a box.

    You have created a most magnificent poem, here, about “Boxes all around Us”!

    I love this poem! It’s so cute, too.

    And, it has that surprise ending!

    Completely enjoyable!

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  • August 12, 2017 at 2:21 AM
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    Thank you, Tamara. Sometimes what seem the simplest poems can have a surprising effect on people. I had fun writing this and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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