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I've secured my box of empty thought,    
concealed it auspiciously below,             
so I may attain what I have sought;
there beneath paint and attire bought;
in an impervious frigid floe,
I've secured my box of empty thought.

I dare not oppose this ailment caught;
these unsure stitches I'll again sew,
so I may attain what I have sought,

and it's done, I've shaped to what's been taught;
emptiness ensues, because, now know,
I've secured my box of empty thought.

Truth be divulged, I have never fought,
or attempted to expel my foe,
so I may attain what I have sought,

and it still creeps forth, held breath, most hot,
taunting and slipping further, but - no!
I've secured my box of empty thought
so I may attain what I have sought.

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  1. Date: 6/6/2009 1:02:00 PM

    Kaley,..congrats on an awesome write and making the winners list ! james

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 4:18:00 PM

    "boxed" made it. Congrats Kaley. Vince

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 7:29:00 AM

    Congratulations Kaley on your win. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 4:03:00 AM

    Awesome write Kaley. Warmest congrats on your well deserved win! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 10:29:00 PM

    Very original and melodic here, Kaley. Almost sings ... smile ... Congratulations on your win in the latest contest here at the Soup. I look forward to reading more of your writing soon.

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 1:39:00 PM

    Congratulations on your honorable mention in the contest. Keep on writing! Enjoy your honor. Karen

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 1:08:00 PM

    Congratulations my friend on your poem being featured this week. More power and success. Ernilando

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 10:25:00 AM

    kaley, Villanelle is one of my favorite poetic forms. You have used it masterfully in this poem. I enjoyed the reading. Congratulations on having your poem, "Boxed" featured this week. Keep writing. Always, Dane"

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 9:34:00 AM

    My warmest congratulations to you dear on your awesome placement… you are such a wonderful writer… please let your poetry pen keep dancing to the drum beat of your passions and poetrysoup-land. You are great. leke

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 7:09:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poem being placed > James

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 5:35:00 AM

    Congrats on your win Kaley! Great poem!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 1:13:00 AM

    Kaley, congratulations to you on your success placing in PS contest, bravo! Ernesto

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 11:23:00 PM

    Kaley congratulations on placing is the soup contest, God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 11:57:00 AM

    Kaley, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 4/26/2009 1:05:00 PM

    Congratulations on your writing making it to the "first round survivor" list ... smile ... good luck in the contest, Kaley.

  1. Date: 4/10/2009 4:16:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry making it in the semi finals. Wishing you the best of luck in the finals Kaley. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/29/2009 11:39:00 AM

    Wonderfully done within a very difficult form. You have captured the title in a unique and thought provoking way. It a well-deserved piece to be a feature this week at the Soup. Congratulations Kaley !!

  1. Date: 3/26/2009 11:14:00 AM

    Dear Kaley, Congratulations on YOUR POEM "Boxed" being Featured this week repitition entices this Artistic Write ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 3/26/2009 9:07:00 AM

    congrats on having your poem featured this week! keep up the good work!

  1. Date: 3/26/2009 8:23:00 AM

    Hey, Kaley, I enjoyed your poem that is featured today and just want to tell you so. God bless you

  1. Date: 3/26/2009 7:00:00 AM

    Congrats Kaley on your villanelle "Boxed" being featured. Vince

  1. Date: 3/26/2009 4:04:00 AM

    Congratulations on being featured this week. I really like the repitition in this peice. A"box of empty thought"... nice wording. Smiles from Lolita

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 10:33:00 AM

    Congratulations on your excellent poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/23/2009 6:03:00 AM

    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/3/2008 12:33:00 AM

    A great use of the form (though the lack of spacing is disconcerting), the repetition works well in this and helps to maintain a smooth running narrative. The line ‘so I may attain what I have sought’ is powerful and a great last line to use, The narrative is a beautiful one that moves in and out of the everyday diction with ease, moving the poem along.

  1. Date: 11/14/2008 10:02:00 PM

    Nice poem and welcome to poetry soup where you are amongst good company...Raul