gordon nosworthy


The Box - Poem by gordon nosworthy

open it
consider what pops out
could be blood
maybe laughter sweat or tears
could be that nasty tucked in the corner
been giving you anguish all these years

straighten up
open it
you’ve been expecting something to emerge
all those nights
you trust the flame
instead of yourself
all the guilt
all the shame
open it
maybe it’s just you
whimsically frightening you
with you

open it
view those fears
the nails and screws that keep you locked and boxed
the bogey
threatening to reveal those little secrets
the ones that could kill us
maim us
defame us
turn us into beasts
gone wild

we question the box
while the box defames
we are afraid
of our deeply held dna souvenirs
we are fearful
of the bogey
we need the head of the spear
at the tip of the spear
to ward off the jinn
from behind

we have so much music thinking
word representations
we have so much ego
life breathing decay
so much humanness
vivaldi i cringe
when i wash with your opinion
when i bathe in your power
when your breathe wraps me
when your memory bassoons
down through my veins
walks me down by the river
to sleep

yet nothing nothing nothing comes
punishments are not evidence
its design is not confirmation
of what will emerge
open it
watch the black hole nova
open it
refuse the leaders’ demands
to nail shut the lid
with pre gurgitated opinion
well rehearsed glyphs
one sided talking points
photocopied monologues
an audience of closures
spanning our biology

Topic(s) of this poem: love and life


Comments about The Box by gordon nosworthy

  • Miraj Raha (9/13/2015 10:52:00 AM)


    What a grand poem, we all have our own fear of what is unknown, your reference to the box made it easy for me to introspect a little about my own inner self.thank you. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 13, 2015



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