Flying by my son's old baseball fields
nascent thoughts sucked
through the sunroof
with the air conditioning,
a perfect memory resuscitated
of a strong seventh inning swing.
Boxing it like his golden
bubble wrapped trophies,

I'm driving faster than the pain.

Sixty second news flash:
eighty-seven degrees, slight wind
attack in Kabul kills ten
Spokane historic cemetery
coming around the next bend.
New deaths, old deaths, lost sons
pop my favorite CD mix in—
Alone, Pennies from Heaven and
Tom Petty's Running Down a Dream.

We're going wherever it leads.


Author's note:

In 2011, four years after my son joined the Air Force, I drove past a baseball field and a memory of a beautiful triple he hit his sophomore year popped into my head. Fifteen minutes later, I took my pocket notebook out of my purse and wrote the first draft of "Drive." (Yes, while I was driving.) This poem is dedicated to John, and all parents of children who served or are serving in the military.


Original Publisher: Camroc Press Review

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

Publish Dates

May 2013

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Jules Jacob

Jules JacobJulie "Jules" Jacob is the author of The Glass Sponge, a semi-finalist in the 2012 New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition, published May 2013 by Finishing Line Press. Jules' poems, short stories, and non-fiction essays have appeared in a variety of print and online publications including Rust + Moth, Third Wednesday, Frogpond, Camroc Press Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Binnacle Literary Journal of Coastal Maine, The Writer's Gazette and elsewhere. She was selected to participate in The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 2015 Poetry Workshop in Auvillar, France.

Jules attended the University of New Hampshire, The Horticultural Therapy Institute and Colorado State University. Her deep curiosity, and affinity for the natural world led her to become a Horticultural Therapist and Master Gardener Emeritus for the University of Missouri Extension. Jules advocates for abused and neglected children for CASA of Southwest Missouri and lives in the Mark Twain National Forest near Branson, Missouri.

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