Box Without a Ribbon


Four corners
And four lines
That form a square
Drafted with white

And rising up,
Four walls of grey
And a roof of black
To seal it shut.


Small –
Tightly caged…
A cage of black it was

With no cracks for air
Nor vents for lights
Nor holes to lease a sound.


A scream,
An attempt at release…

Pounding viciously – desperately –
But it gives not at all.


The box was closed without a seam.

Sealed...without a ribbon on top.