Tin Box

Kept the past in a tin box
locked
in the bank vault
to be brought out
on special occasions
weddings  birthdays  anniversaries
funerals
carefully preserved
in wash leather
it was thought to be
inviolable   immutable
but time has a habit of
moving on   and entropy
affects us all
dissolving  memories  structures  order
into chaos

Kept the past in a tin box
locked
in the bank vault
never to be brought out
no matter what occasion
what necessity
carefully preserved
in formalin
it was thought to be
innocuous   impotent
but time has a habit of
moving on   and memory
affects us all
seeping out   flowing in  changing
into newness

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