Posts Tagged ‘magic’

Spirit Door: A New Kindle Book of Poetry Free

April 16, 2020

 

Spirit Door is a collection of thirteen poems plus an essay on creativity. The focus is on spiritual awareness.

Like the other books I have published on Kindle, this new book is listed at the minimum price of 99¢.

If anyone is interested, Spirit Door and my seven previous Kindle books are all available free, Thursday and Friday, April 16-17.

You do not need a Kindle device. The books can be read on a PC, Mac or phone. This book can be reached by clicking on the image below or with my earlier books on

my Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/mikesmetzer

 

 

Book cover of Spirit Door by Mike Smetzer

A Man with Boxes

July 28, 2017

 

In an old box a man is writing your name
        with a crayon
He will put his old shoes in the box
        and close the lid

At supper your food will taste of sweat
        and leather
At night you will be afraid of the dark
and by day you will gasp for air

You will walk in your sleep
and wake to find yourself in a strange city
You will remember things someone else forgot
and your thoughts will come like postcards
        in an unknown tongue

One hot day a man with a box will stop you
His smell will be warm and close
You will melt like a crayon into his box

Somewhere outside the man is cashing checks
        in your name
He wears new shoes
Under his arms        old boxes

 

First published in West Branch.

 

Discussion

This poem is written in the second person. I don’t use second person much because some people find it presumptuous. But I believe it works in cautionary poems like this one, and the wonderful poem “Oh No” by Robert Creeley, which begins:

If you wander far enough
you will come to it
and when you get there
they will give you a place to sit

for yourself only, in a nice chair

“A Man with Boxes” also employs magic as a vehicle for its development. But it isn’t about magic. I think the poem is about identity and freedom, and about the potential for losing both. It is also about people who take prisoners.

 

"Old Shoes 1" - photo by Mike Smetzer

“Old Shoes 1” – photo by Mike Smetzer

 

"Old Shoes 2" - photo by Mike Smetzer

“Old Shoes 2” – photo by Mike Smetzer