Empty Boxes


Wave splash and spray

My love lost in the cold

with none left to share.

What I have, saved for her.

Time numbing me in its grace.

Pushed forward by the tide – Now

five blocks closer to home,

sharing a house with two lost souls.

That piece of paper tucked in a drawer.

Working at a bar down on George Street –Β 

this year’s birthday gift.

Some might say I made it.

I beat the odds out there.

Big breaking white waves

But I’m not buyin’ just yet.

The street teaching me to wait it out.

Appearances don’t count for much.

The truth tucked somewhere out of reach.

Some things better left alone –

Flirting with the nightly customers.

Nobody questions another painted smile.

Nobody wants to know the truth.

People want pretty packages

served on a silver platter – the daily special.

And I’m no different.

Mine a few empty boxes on the floor.

Splashing waves against rocks

Β©Brenda Baker 2016

Part 14 of Hushed Voices

51 comments on “Empty Boxes”

    1. Thank you, Tenacity! πŸ™‚ I’ve been giving Autumn (and myself) free reign when it comes to what she has to say. Although I did have to censor some of the language a few poems back. πŸ™‚

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      1. Of course Brenda πŸ™‚ You can call me Lisa if you’d like or whatever you want. Well, within reason LOL! You’ll see many different names. Censoring is something I have to do for me cuz I have a trucker mouth πŸ™‚

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      2. And depending on the person too. If I know someone doesn’t really like cussing I will curb it out of respect. I tend to use the F bomb because it makes me feel better and gets my point across much better LOL!

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      3. Haha πŸ™‚ It’s amazing how some words make us feel so much better. πŸ™‚ The F bomb being one of those. πŸ™‚ It’s all a part of being human, I think.


    1. Thank you so much, Lady G! I think it can sometimes be easier to accept an apparent truth than look beneath the surface. What lies beneath isn’t always easy to look at, or accept. A pleasure as always to read your wonderful feedback!πŸ’œ

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      1. You’re welcome Brenda.
        So true! Many people don’t want to look deeper because they don’t want to obligate themselves to offer a hand.
        As you said, sometimes it’s easier not to look!
        Always nice talking to you πŸ™‚


  1. I need the courage to scrape away the thin veneer of appearances to reveal the truth hidden underneath, so we no longer deal with empty boxes, as your poem so powerfully illustrated. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and for your wonderful words, Peter! I think we’re all guilty of that thin veneer to some degree. For some, the veneer is thicker than others. Wishing you a wonderful 2017 filled many blessings!😊

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