Haunted Shoebox

by Aidan Andrew Dun

shoebox

In a haunted shoebox
carefully-painted
whitewashed so
toxic memories
from skeletal cupboards
(DO NOT OPEN)
cannot escape
previous tenants
all gone mad
with cabin-fever
wrapped in bedsheets
layer-on-layer
shriek ghost-stories
at someone trapped
prematurely buried
in the lead-lined present.

That’s me:
one more
body of contraction.

 

 

 

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