Life upturned.

Stuffed into boxes labelled
in unfamiliar upper case
someone else’s hands wrap
all the artefacts of my previous self
in printless paper.

Box contents reveal odd juxtapositions –
a ball of paper blooms into: a key,
a rusty screw, a paperclip,
and 2 dead AA coppertops.

We explore our new return address
a coat stiffened into a stranger’s shape
shrug our shoulders
stretch the sleeves for awhile
until our lives fit comfortably.

~ Stephanie Werner

Stephanie Werner is a mother of two originally from Montreal, who is currently living in the Edmonton area. Her work has been published online at and, and in print in the Home and Away Anthology and NorthWord.

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