Something in the Empty

Boxes everywhere, and
all emptied save for
air, now a cypher
for hopes both
and fulfilled.

“The day after,” too,
is sacred with rattled
bows unleashing oceans of
questions asking after
what we will.

These empty boxes
hold a potent
absence and are a
mirror of
sorts inviting us
to peer
into the void where
we finally
glimpse our desire.

Amidst this disarray of
Boxing Day, order may
well evade us, but meaning
presses hard against the
dis/content; there
is something in
the empty.

10 thoughts on “Something in the Empty

  1. Mary Irene says:

    Just exactly so…. 🙂

  2. dianerivers says:

    What a great reflection on the day (and the day after). Truly there is something in the empty! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Allen!

  3. shoreacres says:

    And there’s another piece of that hope Longfellow knew. If there truly is “something in the empty,” the boxes are irrelevant. Every emptiness, every void — the void of no presents, or the void of no presence — still is filled to overflowing.

    • agjorgenson says:

      Yes, there is a dialectical relationship between presence and absence. I like it when, in “The Life of Pi,” Pi notes his preference of atheists over agnostics. He finds a kinship with them that he cannot share with agnostics. I’m not sure that is where I want to go, but I think he would agree with you that the boxes aren’t really what is all about. You have my vote as well!

  4. I’ve been Purging. =) Inspired by a book on the life-changing magic of tidying, I’ve been practicing the art of letting go, of parting with every thing I do not need and that does not spark my joy. Wishing you a good new year, A.


    • agjorgenson says:

      I just watched a documentary entitled “Minimalism.” It was inspiring, in a fashion and a clear invitation to “let go.” Best to you in this adventure in the coming year!

  5. Rebekah says:

    “and all emptied save for air” ….the breath of Life perhaps?

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