'Balance': A Poem by James Croal Jackson



BALANCE


bubblegum, bean

or J for jelly bean


and the first letter

of your name


your bent elbow

your bent knee

high heel

upside down


interpretations. the morning

of early language


the balloon is red

your eyes black


the sky red

your eyes white


the sky white

your eyes red


black drape of night


white rainbow

white sun


everything between

the margins of the


mental spiritual

physical colorful


hangs in the balance





James Croal Jackson (he/him) has a chapbook, The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017), and poems in Columbia Journal, Rattle, and Reservoir. He edits The Mantle (themantlepoetry.com). Currently, he works in the film industry in Pittsburgh, PA. (jimjakk.com)

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