L. B. Mek



boxed in

our gender’s plight, scurrying

tadpole shapes

of creation’s fight


boxed in

by our skin’s tint

even before 

cooing a greeting 


boxed in 

our weight classes,

from scales

on birth certificates


boxed in

our life’s stream

raked raw

swimming upstream


boxing out

from feeling doubt

in all that surrounds:

for those stifling sides

never square up

under spotlight



© L. B. Mek

January 2020


  • orchidee

    Good write LB.

  • Robert Haigh

    Some people like to put us all in pigeon-holes or boxes, but we are all human beings worthy of equal billing on life's stage. A good poem, L.B.

    • L. B. Mek

      perfectly summarised Robert, 'equal billing' however unrealistic - must never stop being that 'ideal': within our collective dreams...
      thanks for taking the time to support and write such a meaningful comment

    • dusk arising

      How true. No form or certificate can contain us. We are free will individuals. A mix of saints and sinners, black or white, qualified or not "legitimate" or not. Shamed by authorities who would consign us to "type".

      • L. B. Mek

        'type'-cast, by modern society's cynical traits
        yet we progressives - collectively dismay and deplore
        'other' cultures with 'Caste' value systems...
        thank you Dusk, for once again choosing to support with your important and insightful comments, always appreciated

      • Jerry Reynolds

        We are born with a genuine fondness for one another we just let ourselves get talked out of it.
        Good read L.B.

        • L. B. Mek

          I'm not sure my friend, Rousseau's 'social contracts' are beautiful as ideal's but almost impossible to sustain, in practicality's reality...
          I think Nature demands we compete
          the very basis for or survival and/or ability to evolve,
          More likely, in acknowledging our fallible nature
          we become aware of our failings internally
          and hence take accountability quickly, thereby
          insuring at least our actions
          are tilted towards decency for the majority...
          where we look for other's to guide
          our own morality indexes and worse still: if we 'choose'
          to rely on other's participation by reciprocating
          our levels of decency and moral virtue, we intrust
          our self-worth on their threadbare emotional whims...
          sorry Jerry, once more I'm replying with my armchair philosophical sermon, like I know any better... lol
          thanks for your supportive comment

        • FredPeyer

          Well said, L.B.
          At least here on MPS we don't have to feel boxed in and can feel accepted all around.

          • L. B. Mek

            indeed, MPS is a uniquely 'inclusive' environment for the most part, but we each have a responsibility to insure we maintain it that way for as long as we can, it should never be taken for granted - be sure,
            those who only want divisiveness and catastrophe to reign: to sustain their doom and gloom mindset,
            are amongst us, armed with their cranky and petty commentary,
            still, we must try and prevail...
            thanks for taking the time to comment and support, mahalo

          • Goldfinch60

            Those boxes may be in our lives but only the bad times in my life are hidden in them so that the light of my life is always with me.


            • L. B. Mek

              what a wonderful metaphor for that 'glass half full' mindset we all crave, maybe for those strong enough, they can reimagine their view of society's constricting boxes, into empty slots for their binned 'unwanted' - of life,
              even if purely hypothetical and fantastical, it's a nice aesthetic of life to contemplate...
              what a brilliantly uplifting comment Andy, thanks for taking the time to support my friend

            • Suresh

              We are creatures that constrain ourselves in false limitations

              A good write indeed

              • L. B. Mek

                so true, much of it is indeed self-inflicted...
                appreciate your comment and support dear Poet

              • yellowrose

                Engaging write . Interesting words ,

                • L. B. Mek

                  glad you could connect with it
                  thanks for taking the time to comment and support.

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