Oliver Payne: The Boxes

lie stacked on the cold garage floor,
sulking at our delay. She packed

them in August to leave in October,
till she sprained her foot in September,
and I broke a leg in October. Now it’s

December, and the boxes all mock
us, Staying together a while longer,

 you two? We trim one last tree just
to divvy up ornaments and lights—
the tiny bulbs flickering like pixies

in their maddening way, taunting
us, Got any plans for the new year?

Meanwhile, the boxes stamp their feet
to keep warm, wishing they had legs
to march to their sunny new home.