Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Photo Challenge #343: My Box, a poem

My Box

Is the box I inhabit

of my own making?

Did I erect its glass walls?

smooth and impenetrable

Did I construct it’s solid top?

painstakingly taking steps

and making decisions

to seal it tightly shut.

Did I desire its glass ceiling?

one I could not penetrate

to progress a fast paced career

at the potential expense

of my relationships

with the two little souls

I chose to bring into this world

Did I chose to wall myself

inside a see through box?

effectively protecting myself

from rampant hormones

that could lead me astray

and shatter my personal dreams

Did the surrounding walls

ensure that balance was maintained?

no third child for me

to upset the pre-determined boundries

of a well-planned and efficient life.

Is my box to keep me in?

a place to shelter

wrapped in my gossamer world

of imagination and fairytales

carefully balanced with a well paid job

and carefully controlled success

Is it my place of dominance?

all ways being my way

the view, the temperature; and

most importantly

who gains entry

Is such a well thought out box

of my own construction

good – or is it bad?

by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

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46 thoughts on “Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Photo Challenge #343: My Box, a poem

    1. Yes, they are hard decisions to make, Liz, but I look at my life and the freedom I have managed to obtain in my job because I didn’t want to be a partner, and I’m grateful. If I chosen the route of partner I don’t believe I would have the amazing relationship I have with my sons and I certainly wouldn’t have the time to write. As it is, my team make use of the best of my abilities with corporate restructuring and complex accounting and let me off the hook with a lot of the admin I hate.

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    1. I can understand why you thought of that, Jacqui. Covid-19 is on a back burner in South Africa at the moment so it isn’t as burning an issue in my mind. I know it is different in Europe and the US. I believe they are starting to roll out the vaccination in the UK next week.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. For me, I think my box is quite a good thing. It keeps some of the work pressure and demands out. The higher you go and the more you get paid, the bigger price you pay from a personal point of view.


  1. I’m reminded of an Australian song called Jails. The opening line goes: “We build jails for those, who can’t build their own…”
    And you’re right. Sometimes I think we are all in a box (jail) of our own creation. Ugh. Glum now.

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  2. Interesting questions I can relate to having had a challenging career and family. We do the best we know how trying to balance it all. I suppose there will always be regrets, but also things to be thankful for. I’m thankful for fewer demands in my life now.

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    1. A lot of us create boxes, Ally. I don’t think they are a bad thing. I think they help us live our lives according to our principles and morals. Sometimes, of course, they can do damage. We have to monitor and manage them.


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