that we can't open. Each layer has a hole
for things to fall through, while the sides have slits
that we can put our fingers in, or sticks
we've stripped the bark from with our teeth. We poke
at carrots or at apples left inside,
to slide them to the holes so they will fall
and fall and fall into our waiting hands.
And so we live on fruit and vegetables
and bark, until the box is finally empty.
Later, it's full again, and we begin
our fingering and poking work once more.
Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems "Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong" was published by Eyewear in 2015. His band Human Shields released the album "Somebody's Hometown" in 2015 and the EP "Défense de jouer" in 2016.