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Shoe Boxes Hold No More Shoes

Show boxes hold no more shoes

But love letters, still unopened

Dust blankets pillow coverings

Unobstructed and undisturbed

The bulbs are out and it is dark

Except where the sun pulls bent

Breaths through windows cracks

For open mouths of quiet chests

The toys remain unplayed with

And the books stack themselves

Particles partake in pilgrimage

From the armchair to lampshade

Seeking something slumber eternal

Otherwise, nothing moves here:

Shoe boxes hold no more shoes

But love letters, still unopened.



About this poem

The original title for this poem was "The Attic." I wanted to tell a story purely based on the objects in a space, and an attic felt like a great place to tell one. The line, "Shoe boxes hold no more shoes," was the first thing I wrote down, and the rest of the poem developed from there. Looking back, I think that this poem is telling a sad story, a tragedy, about a love that never flourished.


Apr 29, 2023

This poem also makes me think of the shoe box of our mind. Memories of all kinds; family and friendships set aside for more 'important' of life pursuits. Yet, ultimately, family and friendships whose memories are more important than the worldly achievements.

May 01, 2023
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Thanks so much for the comment. I agree, there's a lot of nostalgia that lives in this poem, lots of memories. I like your take on that. There's also a feeling of melancholy that lingers, the same kind that exists when I look at picture books or old trinkets. I think that also exists in this poem. Thank you again, as always, for writing.

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