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The Button Box by Elodie Rose Barnes

The Button Box

She kept her world in it,

natural after a lifetime

of hiding away. When it was opened

it sang like a music box

the lilting notes of home’s landscape

dried wildflowers

and pebbles worn smooth

on the riverbed,

poems and hill-stories,

a pinecone

and underneath that, a bullet casing

and a piece of shattered tree bark

the quiet sing-song tones

of shifting winds and a new language,

melodies from all the different words

she moved into

to stay alive.

Elodie Rose Barnes

Elodie Rose Barnes is an author and photographer. She can usually be found in Spain, Paris or the UK, daydreaming her way back to the 1920s, while her words live in places such as Lucy Writers, Cabinet of Heed and trampset. Current projects include two chapbooks of poetry, and a novel-in-flash on the life of modernist writer Djuna Barnes. Find her online at, and on Twitter @BarnesElodie. 


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