This poem won the Yahara Journal poetry contest, and was originally published in the 2010 Yahara Journal:


the box as

you peer its corrugated grays

its teasing premise

shape-shifting expectations

a pony with green-striped

tube socks a smoky black pistol

squirting an army figurine playing

on a stuffed penguin

eyes blurting

jovially sketching a

resplendent parachute

for the  soul – jagged corners

torn, shreds of

plastic gold joy littered around outside when inside

is nothing save for a




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