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Jill in the Box

Updated on August 2, 2013

Interesting Information regarding jack-in-the-box.

No one knows for certain

where and when the first jack-in-the-box toy was made,

but the toy can be reliably traced back to the Middle Ages.

A brightly painted box with a hinged lid and a crank,

when the crank is turned a melody plays,

much like a music box.

Unlike a normal music box,

this box holds a surprise--the 'jack' inside the box,

popping out on a spring when the melody ends and the lid is unlatched.

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Pop My Lid

My Jack in the Box is a Jill

She is waiting for me

She is calling out a melody

For only my ears to hear

Sometimes she whispers

Just loud enough -

to remind me

-she is still there

I think about

How she serenades me

How she hides in wait

Hoping one day

My lid will pop

All my worries


Clearing my path

Springing forth a future

No longer stuck in a box

Waiting for someone

To pop my lid

For no matter how much I push up the lid

I am trapped in my box

I continue to pray

That one day

I will escape

Someone will walk by

And see my

Jill in the Box

Pick me up

Turn my handle

Out I will pop

And all my worries too

For I will have finally escaped

Stretched my mind

Stood up straight

There I will stand

Kind of shivering all over

From having been popped

Once my spring stops springing

I will look around

At all I have missed

While trapped in my box

That which seemed daunting

Will haunt me no more

Until of course-

those sinking feelings

push me back

Into my box

Closing my lid!


"I've got this sinking feeling" Jack Conte

Sinking Feeling


Have you ever owned a jack-in-the-box toy?

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    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for getting where I was coming from with this piece.

      Your kindness and support are very special to me.


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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Kim, what a unique metaphor. We have all been a 'jack' or 'jill' in the box at one time or another in our lives. Wishing and hoping for that special someone to crank the box and release us. What a wonderful poem.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      I think it is the poet who finds inspiration in the most unusual places. Not sure where this one came from, but I enjoyed writing it. And you make me enjoy it that much more by your kind comments and support.


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How much we can say with words, lol. Guess that is what makes us poets and the ones like this that correlate to something the world knows (like Jack in the box) gives it more a special meaning and you have done it wonderfully. ^&-

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      Folks will not be able to handle me today for I will be walking around with a big head. Hey! How often does one's work get called, "pure genius?" I really had fun with this piece, and I am glad you picked up on the fact that it was meant to be funny.

      Wishing you a wonderful week,


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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Kim, up, funny, and awesome! This was pure genius Kim! I remember having one when I was a younger child. I love how you took it and made it your own in your well-created poem Kim, your a true poet hands down. Best to you...

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank You Lurana! You know me--kind of out there sometimes...



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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Very original topic and interesting poem! ~Lurana

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for loving the poem.

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      J Houck 

      5 years ago

      Love the poem...a great extended metaphor!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      If I can be your Jill, then please be my Jack.

      For you to see me as your twin in anyway is such a compliment.

      I believe you are a kindred spirit and are among the few who can "relate" when maybe others can't.

      Sending to you warmth and energy, too.

      Absolute Best to You,


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      5 years ago

      Sometimes Kim when I have the pleasure of reading you it's like reading my poetic twin in humor, wit, insight and perception so believe me dear friend you inspire me as well and yes you always 'think outside the box' and can be my Jill anyday, lol.

      Sending to you warm wishes and good energy from the three of us at lake erie time ontario canada 4:43pm and I will post your new and brilliant one at my FB wall for everyone to see and read

      - Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Some days popping my own the lid is no problem. Other days-not so easy. It is a battle I have fought my entire life. Thank you for loving the song and poem.

      Best to you,


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      5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Love the song, love the poem. I would love you to pop open that box yourself, not relying on anyone else...

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo and Faith,

      Good Morning! Thanks for the kind words and for noticing my dear Max's comments. He has truly spoiled me. Wishing you both a wonderful weekend.

      Best to you both,


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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kim,

      Wonderful poem, and I have to agree with Jo (tobusiness) about the great comment from Max.


      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Kim, very impressive poem and a great response from max. Nice work!

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      Max Havlick 

      5 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois



      At last you understand the truth within yourself:

      Your utmost precious friend consigned upon a shelf

      cannot do things for you you must do for yourself,

      and how can prayers for help help you unless you help yourself?

      To wait for someone mythical to bring a better fate,

      whether inside a little box or on a golden plate,

      would mean that happiness were just a timely accident,

      with human men and women all subservient,

      and like the wooden boxes all insentient,

      unable to initiate constructive action,

      and only able to endure passive re-action.

      Such fatalistic mental attitude has locks

      enough to make one think they live inside a box,

      but humans are not wooden toys inside a box,

      and freedom for authentic life is not a paradox.

      The world awaits you while the key sits on your shelf;

      the strength to reach that key begins within yourself.

      Best wishes from Max

      Friday afternoon, August 2, 2013

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      Greetings! Thank you for calling my piece nice and listening to the song.

      Best Always,

      ocfireflies aka Kim

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      "Jill in the Box

      Pick me up" - will you please?

      Nice piece. Nice song.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      Brothers! They can be your best friend one minute and destroy your toys the next. Smiles. Thanks for stopping by.


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      5 years ago

      I have had a jack in the box. It was one of my favorite toys. My grandfather whomI am name after gave it to me for Christmas one year.bBut having three brothers it didn't last long.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for your willingness to turn the handle and create hope for the persona. Smiles...


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Kim for this poem. Throughout the poem I kept wanting to grab the handle and turn and turn and hope and hope.....Jamie


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