Infinite Hollow Space

He owned a tiny green box

a shoebox of memes

All that was he fit neatly inside

the only proof he’d ever lived

memories and moments

achievements and ends

sorrows and self


How can a lifetime

be packed away in so small a space–

a shoebox to hold a life

and forever be thusly defined?

If you could stack every snapshot

pack in every laugh, every tear, every smile

the box would help you forget

Its weight a substantial comfort

holding dreams of an infinite space

It’s not that kind of box.

He traded his tomorrows for just one today

only to never again and never again and never

Swallow your breath

Drop the rose

Close the lid and don’t look back

A small green box

of cold marble stone

hollow inside

like me

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