Mark Jackley‘s work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge and other journals. His new book of poems On the Edge of a Very Small Town is available for free via email request.
Visitant will be featuring a selection of poems from On the Edge of a Very Small Town in the coming months.
A Year Later
his feeding tube you fished from the trash again, unable
to let go, Ma, you should wear it like a necklace,
the plastic cap you finger like a rosary for people
who don’t pray will dangle on your chest, a kind of totem
as the grief of chimps and chieftains, villagers who stare
into rainy fields comes at you like a spear