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The Box

Mike Fraley


A Box arrived

on my doorstep today.

Battered, Ragged

Corrugated, and Sealed.

Like a tiny coffin,

It waits

for Me

to Respond.

I keep Boxes

for Boxes like these.

Closed, Sealed

And Welded shut.

No return address.

No known address.

The entire Remnants of

a Wasted life.

It’s too late 

I realize

to respond

To the only gift my father ever sent.