Linda Studley

Can't Put the Pen Down…

Outside of the Box

You tell me I should think
outside of the box but really 
you just want me to climb into yours
and think the same way you do.
I have been outside the box,
mine, yours, everyones.
It’s a nice place to visit but
I haven’t perfected living there yet.
But I will, one day.
So don’t talk to me of boxes in vague
exhortations to creativity.
All you’ve done is paint some interesting pictures
on the walls of your box
mental murals – trompe l’oeil candy.


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5 thoughts on “Outside of the Box

  1. Thanks for dropping by my blog Linda, commenting and following. I’m honoured and delighted, really I am. I’ve just visited this poem again too. I do love the intricacies of this poem, it repays repeated readings.

    These lines…

    I have been outside the box,
    mine, yours, everyones….

    carry a whole world to explore.

    Best wishes poet warrior…Neil

    • It was a treat to visit your blog, Neil. What an innovative way you have of presenting your poems by recording them and including other audio influences. Very cool. And thanks for the input, it’s always helpful to see our work as other people see it. In the immortal words of Robbie Burns “o, wad a gift the ghostie gie us, to see oursels as others see us.” (barbarous paraphrasing, I know).

  2. Tony Crafter on said:

    Great! Lots of truisms there. And I love ‘trompe l’oeil candy’!

  3. This quite a deep poem to me, more deep than the first reading suggested and now, after four readings I’m feeling the personality shine through the words. It is good to be comfortable inside one’s own box, how else can a person be original?

    Enjoyed your writing poet warrior. Best wishes. Neil

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