Or It Doesn’t Happen

Later, it occurs to you that the box
should not be opened,
and so for a long time
you leave it in a safe place,
unopened.

You think about it often,
that box in that safe place,
waiting to be opened.
You always say,
Not yet. Not yet.

One day something happens.
Or, something doesn’t happen.
You go to that safe place,
knife in hand,

and the story
begins.