The box: a poem in parts.
Write a couple of lines for each section before moving on to the next. Form is completely open, and rhyme is permitted but not required.
- You come home late at night. It’s been raining, it’s dark and you’re tired. You almost trip over something that’s been left just outside your door.
- You peer at it. Describe it, including how big or small it is, what it’s made of, whether it’s wet or dry or …
- Take it inside. Heavy? Light? Easy to move? Hard to budge? Awkward? Simple? What else are you holding/carrying/accompanied by?
- Put it down inside. As you do, you injure yourself on it somehow. What, and how?
- Something moves inside the box. Describe the sound and anything else related to the movement.
- Someone in another part of the house calls to you, and you leave the room briefly. Where do you go, and what do you do?
- You come back to the box. How long has passed? Something is different. What?
- Go to the box, and look at it again. Describe it again, focusing on things you didn’t describe the first time. Include a smell.
- Who might have sent this to you, and why?
- Put your hand on the box, getting ready to open it. Include a detail about time, temperature, and an object from the room.
- Who else might have sent it to you, and why?
- Describe the box using three different similes. (This is you, putting off opening the box a little longer.)
- It’s time. Open it. Describe how you do this.
- It’s open. What happens next?