unboxing day


why shove live people into boxes?

for ease of handling:

tape flaps shut
apply (libel) labels
stack, shelve, and ship

boxes help us to:

stratify society
control communication
justify judgementalism

but humans are fluid (57-60% water)

leaking out of boxes, eluding labels with:

nuances of personality
unique life history
flow of opinions and
distilled philosophy

(even cats, who adore boxes, should not be forced inside
but rather choose which box to curl up in and when to exit)

considering final insult we sustain as body is finally laid in a box,

let us celebrate un-boxing holiday
let people out of cramped boxes
weโ€™ve assembled and stuffed them in

in fact, letโ€™s get rid of the boxes altogether!



Linking to dVerse metaphor/figure of speech prompt.

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christine Irving
    Nov 10, 2018 @ 09:43:23

    My favorite part is about the wateriness of people and how our fluidity allows to escape any box we might be in.


  2. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 10, 2018 @ 08:34:29

    Indeed… and these days we seem to divide everyone in smaller and smaller boxes…


  3. Lona Gynt
    Nov 10, 2018 @ 06:14:45

    Such a kind and vivid resolution! Iโ€™ll vote for it, all in favor of establishing the first 24 hours of every day that begins with the letter M,T,W,F, or S as unboxing day, raise your hand! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ


  4. katiemiafrederick
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 15:56:11

    *Just Another Figure Of Speech As A Lamp Lights Love..:)


  5. katiemiafrederick
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 15:52:48

    Gentile, Jew, Servant, Free, Woman and or
    Man No More So What PArt of No Labels
    For Love
    Not Get And
    Do mY FriEnd
    Lynn SMiLes of A
    Middle List Now..Yes.
    A Law of Love A Grade
    of Love A Currency of Love
    The Kingdom of Heaven Within
    At Hand Always in This Generation
    i am
    Sure A
    Story of
    A Lie This Way
    As Long As We Give
    And Share Love Without
    RequirementS in Labels For This God Love..:)


  6. V.J. Knutson
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 09:13:22

    Excellent metaphor and too often true. Love it.


  7. rothpoetry
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 08:20:31

    I guess the days of the Waltons are long gone… Love your poem and what it says about aging! …also the distilled philosophy! Well done!


  8. Laura Bloomsbury
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 07:08:45

    I shall think of this on Boxing Day! Very nice fluid style to underwrite your plea –


  9. sarahsouthwest
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 07:08:09

    I like those liquid people leaking out. Wry, thought provoking. And true.


  10. Gina
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 06:13:34

    love the fluidity of your poem too! why should anyone fit a mould, we are a sum of so many different parts and angles and shapes, but it is nice to have that box to curl into when we need the comfort of familiarity. a lovely “human” poem Lynn.


  11. kim881
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 01:17:43

    Good question, Lynn! I imagine humans ‘leaking out of boxes’ like tears and great puddles of::
    ‘nuances of personality
    unique life history
    flow of opinions and
    distilled philosophy’
    all over the depot where these boxes are kept!
    And yes, even cats, who adore boxes, should not be forced into them. Letโ€™s get rid of the boxes!


  12. Grace
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 21:17:10

    I agree with you Lynn. Let’s celebrate unboxing people and let them live where and how they want to be. A great reflection on living life, instead of being boxed in.


  13. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 20:59:57

    Nice line: “but humans are fluid (57-60% water)” I kept thinking that water isn’t good on cardboard boxes.


  14. Christine Bolton
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 20:49:10

    This is really clever. I love it ๐Ÿ™‚


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