Her stomach hangs in two deflated flabby folds;
a crepe paper rose crumpled
by the knowledge of its imitation.

Her child thriving despite the absence
of the Slovakian Y chromosome donor,
living in Sydney, busy discarding his
Eastern European skin after screaming
fuck you (not anymore) on Facebook.

Twenty-one years old. Nonplussed thoughts
glide like silverfish— Celexa, Paxil, Prozac,                               
Zoloft. Which one will teach her she's alive
because she's living.

Her child's eyes; long-lashed,
lit with mischief. Relatives proclaim,
exactly like his mother's
when she was young.


Author's note:



Original Publisher: Grey Sparrow Journal - online version

Reprinted with permission in The Glass Sponge
Publisher: Finishing Line Press

Publish Dates

May 2013

Jules Jacob

julie ginkgoJulie "Jules" Jacob is a contemporary poet who often writes about dichotomous conditions and relationships among humans and the natural world. Her poems are recently featured or forthcoming in Plume Poetry, The Tishman Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Rust + Moth, Yes Poetry and elsewhere. She is the author of The Glass Sponge chapbook with select poems featured at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts and Le Moulin à Nef where she was a resident of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Poetry Workshop.

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