The poems in Poems from the Shoebox were not written originally for publication, but rather from a need to express joy, pain, discovery, meditation, and conclusions. They were therefore stashed away in a shoebox that survived many relocations and stages of life from teenage years through retirement.
When she transferred the poems from shoebox to a computer file, Nell Wiser discovered that they seemed to be almost a poetic autobiography which was categorical rather than chronological. There are seven categories: Musings, Youth, Family and Friends, Despair, Change, Love, and Later Years.
Many of these expressions of thought and feeling are universal and may be reflected in your own life experiences. Others are unique to the perceptions of the poet.