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 is featuring a selection of poems from On the Edge of a Very Small Town.
To a Dog Who Sang the Blues When Left Alone at Days Inn
I never learned to lift
the instruments of my ears
to the trombone ease of love
sliding in and out.
Sometimes they don’t come back.
Teach me how to howl.