J.L Moultrie is a 30 year old poet based in Detroit, Michigan. He fell in love with reading and writing poetry after encountering Hart Crane, Rainer Maria Rilke and others. His work appears in Rigorous, WhiteWall Review, Sonder Midwest, and Gravitas. He is a dog and cat dad and holds an Associate of Arts degree from Wayne County Community College.


I may have it all wrong
Similar to the behavior of lightning
Days lean on one another

These decrees
Are too buoyant to take root
Like the gardens, we fail to age

All that’s pushed out of memory
Comes back, unfurled and pondering
We’re made of hard blood

I’ll endure
On pain
Covered in discarded earth

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