When you stuff it down -

the hurt,

the anger,

the sadness -

it’s like a jack-in-the-box.


You think you’ve hidden Jack away,

by pushing him down,

closing and locking the lid,

but you’ve just loaded the spring.


You think you’re keeping these feelings at bay

but you’re just turning the crank.




sad Jack

is going to pop up

at an unexpected time

and everyone is going to



A jack-in-the-box

is a fun toy for children,

but no way to handle

your emotions.