Please cite all poem references: “Excerpt from ‘Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain’ by Barbara Vance.” Thank you!

It's Not a Box

It’s not a box!
It’s an intergalactic
Spaceship fantastic
Jettisoning through the sky.
It’s a great pirate ship
Slicing foam at a clip,
The old Jolly Roger up high.
It’s a great red balloon,
Loose from its mooring,
Floating on snatches of breeze.
It’s a trap! We are captured
By spiteful macaques
Lingering up in the trees.
It’s a carpet, a boat,
A bridge o’er a moat,
A steed of a staggering size,
A home for a gnome,
A castle, a cave,
A top-secret car in disguise.
But it’s not—
No, it’s not—
Nor it was—
Nor it ever will be—
A plain, ordinary,
Just imaginary,
Brown cardboard,
Most ignored,

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

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