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"Thinking Outside the Box"

In May, we held a prompt challenge for poets, and the theme was "Thinking Outside the Box." We asked writers what their perception of the phrase meant to them? How do they think outside the box? Do they use creativity, solutions or strategies? How do they use their imaginations? Do they step outside the boundaries? What does the "Box" represent to them? What do they think it symbolizes? Is "Wonder" the bridge of their imagination? What ways help them think outside the box? We chose FIVE ENTRIES out of twenty-five that entered.



I've never lived in a comfort zone Still, I am satisfied and without negativity My life is an adventure in which there is no fear. My head is not a box and I think without restraint and frame and I realize it all depends on that which is the side viewed. The world is not complicated, I saw it in a learning adventure and enjoying the diversity of the day. I don't consider myself superior I'm just simple and happy. Sometimes, my mind wanders in some quiet daydreaming... And so, I find myself creative someone else will say, weird or that I'm crazy... Still, I believe in my ideas diversity and change and division I can reconcile! It doesn't take magic or miracles and when you get out of the box, you will see... how, why and where? © Author Sofia Dokic Sofke



The box is akin to gazing at the starry skies at night, The box is this world where our senses can fathom its lights. But if we dream and aim for those stars, we dream of something unique, Our creative ideas would often be at the highest peak.

The box is this earth revolving around the biggest star, Where outside this world lies the beauty of the universe that was never that far. Where we explore new horizons and we get out of our comfort zone, Full of majestic colors and sites forever to explore and roam. So you see, thinking outside the box is as beautiful as the universe, We need to be out of this world to come up with out beautiful, poetic verse. Explore the unexplored to come up with out creative works, Satisfies the depths of our souls with the unique ideas outside the box. © Rhoanne Lampacan Boado




I walk a new path, which is less travelled, glowing the wisdom, with fresh fragrance of independent mind, I am challenged by its new chances. It helps me from restraints. It enriches my soul with bravery.

It soothes my heart with compassion, it reminds me as a human being, it shows me its sincerity. Its path is not a suffocating labyrinth. Its path ends up on the crossroad of humanity. It gives me a hint of a clue, be a wise teacher to the great future leaders.

© Emmelie M. Indonesia



Right from the Stone Age days of the ancient Down to this era of modern civilization, It takes the mind that thinks outside the box To bring about the desired positive change That's transformed society through the ages In each and every aspect of our daily lives. Most times the popular thought pattern of men Don't proffer solutions to the issues we face, B'cos new results are not achieved by old methods. Hence, men have to put their ingenuity to use So they can effect new and unique inventions That'll result in societal growth and development. Franklin thought outside the box to discover electricity, The Wright Brothers did no less to birth the "iron bird"... Countless are the names that've done much the same To make the earth a better place for humanity. I'll think outside the box to bring about a change, B'cos the thoughts within the box limits the mind! © Akori Clement


To think outside the box I need to forget all of which I know As what I know, it might be lost I let my imagination flow If I was not shaped And told what's what and why Then like two odd brothers I could probably fly So when I was asked for all things possible Then I gone out and did it Just because they told me NO. © Kanisha Shah

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