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The World Is A Box -- Sophie Hannah

Guest poem submitted by Zenobia Driver:
(Poem #1518) The World Is A Box
 My heart is a box of affection.
 My head is a box of ideas.
 My room is a box of protection.
 My past is a box full of years.

 The future's a box full of after.
 An egg is a box full of yolk.
 My life is a box full of laughter
 And the world is a box full of folk.
-- Sophie Hannah
There's this amazing collection of poems edited by Carol Ann Duffy called
'Overheard on a Salmarsh' (which also is the title of a poem by Harold
Monro) [Minstrels Poem #594 - ed.] in which poets choose their favourite
poem from among their own writings and then choose a favourite children's
poem which could have been written by anyone. Sophie Hannah chose "The World
Is A Box" as her favourite poem from among her own writings.

I liked all the 'box' analogies, but I really loved 'my life is a box full
of laughter' -- I think that's the sign of a good, well-enjoyed life. I
would love to lie back in a rocking chair at the age of 80, with a cup of
steaming hot chai in my hand, and reflect on my life and feel that it's a
box full of laughter. What more could one ask for ? (apart from a hot samosa
to go with the chai).


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