It was wrapped

in cellophane

had a violet bowknot


first I removed the bow

and found

below, handwritten



then the red layer

and I found a tag

“…you are…”


then a yellow one

“you are

unwrapping with your hands…”


and a fluorescent green

“what I wrapped with my own”


and finally a blue

“to find…”


“a ball of crumpled white paper!”

I took the ball

and asked her,


“what’s this for?”


and she said

“That’s a poem.

Let’s play with it.”


and she took the ball from my hands and threw it



(by the way…

there was a lot of coloured cellophane

all around)