The Marvelous Cardboard Box

The Marvelous Cardboard Box

 

By Elton Camp

 

As a child I had toys just like the rest,

But there was one item that I liked best

You might say it wasn’t even a toy at all

The strong cardboard box, four feet tall

 

It held a new appliance from the store

I’d never seen a box near that fine before

I was afraid that I would be out of luck

My Dad said to throw back onto the truck

 

When I asked to keep the box around

He agreed with a disapproving frown

“You have no need for it that I can see,

But if you want to have it, OK with me.”

 

That big box became my own fine retreat

And to me, it was almost like a hotel suite

It was where I could crawl right on inside

Anytime that I decided I wanted to hide

 

And in my imagination, I had no doubt

As a fort, it would keep the Indians out

Too, when I decided a hermit I would be,

Then it became a private, dark cave to me

 

For months, the box stayed in good shape

Even the pouring rain it was able to take

I one day cut out windows and a front door

And then I could pretend like never before

 

That it finally wore out couldn’t be denied

Then I cut it all apart and made me a slide

I’d scoot on it right down the steep hill

So it was a wonderful thing to me still

 

The box I had several decades in the past

But, fond memories, the box did outlast

If such a box should now fall into my care

To play with it even now, I just might dare



Comments:
 
augustwidow   augustwidow wrote
on 12/14/2010 1:42:39 PM
thank you for the wonderful memory, i think your poem hit home with all of us. My box was an observatory with pencil wholes were the starlite would shine threw, all painted dark blue with crayola finger paints lol. Awsome.

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The big box was just so much fun.
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