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Poetry Sunday: Outside The Box



Outside The Box



Soften the edges

Erase the boundaries

Ease out to see the light.



Release the strings

And drop the hard surfaces

Holding you in so tight.



Kick aside the rubble

Of your shattered dreams

That brought the darkness of the night.



Yes open to everything

Open to anything

Open to your frights.



Time to let go

And take those first steps

Time to take flight.



So step up and away

Breathe the new air

Of all possibilities that will delight.



Just move outside

That box you are bound to-

To find your exquisite, fulfilled life.


© Donna Donabella 2017



This poem came to me as I was trying to relax and start a 2 week vacation…..and as I wrote it, my mind, body and spirit eased and I was able to move into the moment and enjoy my time away.  No confines, no worries, no strings….just pure delight.


The pictures were taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, a most fascinating place east of Phoenix.  The first is of an old homestead carved out of the rock.  The second is the remnants of a dry riverbed.


I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.



I leave you with a few additional words about outside the box.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. November 12, 2017    

    Hi Donna, I like this poem, reminds me of lateral thinking and problem solving.

    • November 12, 2017    

      One of my gifts has been being a good problem solver so it makes sense my writing would follow suit. I had not realized it was showing there so thanks for drawing my attention to it!

  2. November 12, 2017    

    Good advice to move outside the box. Beautifully positive, Donna.

    • November 12, 2017    

      Thanks Sumana…I have been working hard to turn my fear into positive action.

  3. November 12, 2017    

    How right you are to be open minded, breathe in the fresh air and take those first steps!

    • November 12, 2017    

      Those first steps are the most important!

  4. November 12, 2017    

    Living outside the box is the ultimate freedom and indeed a breath of fresh air.
    Anna :o]

    • November 12, 2017    

      Indeed Anna…such a great freedom!

  5. November 12, 2017    

    This is absolutely gorgeous in its optimism and positive message, Donna! I adore “So step up and away, breathe the new air of all possibilities that will delight.”

    • November 12, 2017    

      It feels like fresh new air as I move outside the stale air of my self-imposed box….so that line means a great deal to me…so glad you enjoyed this Sanaa!

  6. November 12, 2017    

    Lovely to “kick aside the rubble” even for a moment.

    • November 12, 2017    

      Exactly Pearl….that rubble can keep us fixed inside our box for too long.

  7. November 12, 2017    

    Thanks for sharing this wisdom with us.

  8. November 12, 2017    

    Indeed, “Open to your frights” and live in the world. The alternative is a prison. And what soul can truly lived while caged?

    • November 12, 2017    

      Goodness no soul can live caged can it….my fears keep me locked in the box too often so this line was very meaningful to me!

  9. November 12, 2017    

    My goodness, can you imagine living in that shelter carved right out of earth and rock? I love theidea of bursting out of the box of broken dreams and taking flight.

    • November 12, 2017    

      No I can’t imagine it Sherry…it was pretty stifling. And I knew this place was a perfect picture for my poem when I saw it….fascinating home.

  10. Magical Mystical Teacher Magical Mystical Teacher
    November 12, 2017    

    Moving outside the box can be so frightening, but it’s necessary if we are to grow and blossom.

    • November 12, 2017    

      Exactly….facing that fear is the only way to break free.

  11. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    November 12, 2017    

    We spend too much time withing our boxes not even asking why…

    • November 12, 2017    

      I know I did Bjorn and have been better and stepping outside it more often now.

  12. November 12, 2017    

    Wise words Donna.. we have to let go the strings and step into the light!

    • November 12, 2017    

      Thank you….I often feel tied inside the box so those strings are important for m to let go of.

  13. November 12, 2017    

    Truly inspirational! I should bookmark it for a day when I am in need of some motivation

    • November 12, 2017    

      You couldn’t give me any higher compliment…thank you and I am so pleased this really spoke to you!

  14. November 12, 2017    

    This speaks of freedom, re energizing, stepping out of the barriers we’ve built to keep us caged. Inspiring!

    • November 12, 2017    

      Oh how very kind of you to say so…thanks Susie!

  15. November 12, 2017    

    I wish.
    Someday I will be brave enough.

    • November 12, 2017    

      It has taken me a long time and many false starts and missteps….but now I move with baby steps my friend…and I know you will too!

  16. Mary Mary
    November 12, 2017    

    I like this, Donna. The advice is good…we need to move out of the box sometimes. It is so easy to follow along the same path, but hard to push ourselves to try something new. The first steps are always the hardest!

    • November 12, 2017    

      Yes they are the hardest Mary…but as you say we must push ourselves. I am so glad you liked the poem.

  17. ZQ ZQ
    November 12, 2017    

    Wonderful. And the pictures fascinating.

  18. November 12, 2017    

    Awesome writing! I love the idea of finding your ‘exquisite, fulfilled life’. I don’t think that I have looked at it quite that way, before.

  19. November 12, 2017    

    Thank you so much Wendy! Recently I have been working on this idea of seeing my life fulfilled…it has been an interesting journey.

  20. November 12, 2017    

    Easier said than done. Fear is the great crippler. Your words and photo are a beautiful collaboration of hope and joy. Thank you Donna.

    • November 12, 2017    

      My pleasure. I couldn’t agree more. It is not easy and thank you for your lovely words.

  21. November 13, 2017    

    A very inspiring poem Donna

    Much love

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