13

August
2008

6:28 pm

orders of boxes, composed while packing

(as inspired by another infinite list)

Boxes of ...

  • necessary books
  • loved books
  • unread books, with beautiful covers
  • read books, with scarcely any covers left
  • things one is obliged to cherish
  • things one cannot imagine living without
  • books shelved out of sequence, three moves past
  • clothes that fit
  • clothes that must fit someone, somewhere
  • clothes that one means to wash
  • clothes that one inherited under dubious circumstances
  • pillows, that can be balanced on a finger
  • things requiring a tool, which itself is packed in a different box
  • things one abhors, but which one's partner adores beyond reason
  • things one hopes will be broken in transit
  • unlabelled cables, with fascinatingly obscure markings
  • undrinkable wine
  • almost-finished whisky bottles, whose labels are so pretty one cannot bear to pour the last ounce just yet
  • things forgotten since the last time they were packed in a box
  • things kept only because one has run out of time for a last trip to the dump
  • things the movers do not need to know anything about, beyond "fragile" and "bedroom"
  • things needed several days before they are unearthed

And more:

  • Boxes with labels of transient clarity.
  • Boxes still sealed from the last move.
  • Boxes made of several boxes taped together.
  • Boxes that, when opened, make one's partner cry.
  • Boxes whose labels will fall off, and which will be opened by the wrong person.
  • Boxes sporting suspicious teeth marks.
  • Boxes of boxes too pretty to break up for the recycle bin.
  • Boxes used as tables for the first week.
  • Boxes upon which one stubs one's toes in the dark.
  • Boxes that, when opened, inspire New Year's resolutions.
  • Boxes mistaken for boxes packed years ago.
  • Boxes one cannot lift, packed by a helpful friend.
  • Boxes that, when opened, make one cry.
  • Boxes that cannot be unpacked for an indefinite period, as they are supporting the kitty litter out of reach of the dog.
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resting from packing and listening to Angel From Montgomery from the album "Road Tested" by Bonnie Raitt

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