Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Image courtesy of inhabitots

How to Label a Box When You are Four Years Old

He told me it was a project for school.
He needed markers, colored pencils, glue,
construction paper and a straight-edge tool.
He arranged those things neatly for review.
He boxed them up, saying, “There! That should do.”

Phonetically he listed all his art
supplies for school on a sweet little chart.
Then, in big letters, he titled his gear:
the label on the box was now totally clear…
as I saw he had written, “BOX o fART.”


Notes:  The form is a 'dizain' which happens to be the form of the week over at Poetic Bloomings's In-Form Poet post.  When my son (now almost twelve) was around 4-ish, he made a box for his school art supplies and labeled it as you see in the poem above.  It's been a running joke with us ever since.

And...since I finally found the time to write a few poems this week (YAY!), I discovered that Robert Lee Brewer's prompt last week at Poetic Asides was to write a poem having to do with a box.  So of course, this is what popped into my head.

Anyway, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and fun-filled Happy New Year!!!