IllinoisTimes - Poetry Sun, 29 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 work, part 2: thanksgiving for work work, part 2: thanksgiving for work
 I shared “work-thoughts-1” witha teacher friend single mom whoworks a second job her response:“Those words prompted me tothink about what I value in thiswork too. I enjoy the catering forI...]]>
work poem, first part work poem, first part
 work poem, first partI’ve been thinking about worktelling my overworked friendsthey are working too hard notthat I should talk but have justhad two thoughtful responsesthis first from a nephew...]]>
compassion poem #3 compassion poem #3
I hear trump visitedOur Fair City last nightconvention center filledheard people clappedwhen he vowed he’d notlet syrian refugees intothe country those clappersundoubtedly to a persondescendents of ...]]>
flowerpoem #3 flowerpoem #3
 flowerpoem #3the u.s. poet laureatesaid he liked the worddaffodil then recited apoem with that flowerwithin plus a lot of wordsunrelated he must havealso liked those well Ilike hollyhocks – th...]]>
flower poem # 2 flower poem # 2
 flower poem # 2tulip bulbs have comeit’s soon time to plant themheard a story once about aperson horticulturally challengedplanted her bulbs upside downthe tulips finally came up in julytheir...]]>
tomatoes poem #1 tomatoes poem #1
 tomatoes poem #1frost predicted for tonight therefore gathered green tomatoes galore from Demi’s little garden I have kept it  going these five years since  that September day she ch...]]>
firearmspoem #2 firearmspoem #2
 firearmspoem #2autumn leaves fallinganother school massacrenot worth the headline©2015 Jacqueline Jackson...]]>
firearms poem # 1 firearms poem # 1
 firearms poem # 1just saw a photo of an AR-15 assaultrifle on sale at spike’s tactical in floridathe store is a declared muslim-free zonethe gun’s three-way trigger boasts peace-war-god will...]]>
midaugust vermont poem midaugust vermont poem
50 degrees when I swimthis early sunny mid augustmorn a stiff north windbut these choppy wavesare the same temperatureas yesterday and last weekwhile I dry off on the hillI am gladdened to seebefore a...]]>
URGENT POEM READ READ READKIDS! KIDS! KIDS! tell your mawtell your paw tell your gramp & gramtell your teachers tell your friendsyell it out to springfield town we gotta go we gotta go where is it...]]>
in praise of labor poem #1 in praise of labor poem #1
 on labor day marched with over sixty folkwearing save the illinois state museum T’sthe viewers were sparse saw no city officialsstate either marching or cheering from thecurb no guv of course ...]]>
Bug-off poem #1 Bug-off poem #1
 Bug-off poem #1Do I see you pout? Do I see you cry?Do you dance about? I’m telling you why The bad bed bugs have come into town.Have you made a list? It’s surely not mice Cannot be fleas, mo...]]>
river trip poem #4 river trip poem #4
 my daughter put three pix on facebookone for each day the first: two baldeagles maybe ignoring us from a deadtree behind the willows of the sandbarwe retreated to our tents at dusk whenmosquitoe...]]>
vermont poem 2015 #3 vermont poem 2015 #3
now that we have a composting toilet atthe lake we’ve put its handsome bluetraditional predecessor with walnut seatand closed cover at the end of the picnictable the hole at the very back where thep...]]>
vermont poem 2015 #2 vermont poem 2015 #2
 vermont poem 2015  #2 it takes some learning to sit on it thenew composting toilet my grandkids  just expertly installed (I came out here  to help but haven’t because I zon...]]>
frabjous day poem #1 frabjous day poem #1
the cowardly lion lies piercedby an arrow dorothy scarecrowtin woodman aghast dorothysays no not the wicked witch ofthe west some minnesota doctorreread just now jabberwocky “hetook his vorpal sword...]]>
canoe poem #2 canoe poem #2
you may not believe that a toilet seatcan be the most beautiful sight in theworld but maybe you would if you’rean ol’ woman on a four-day canoe tripon the wisconsin river eating sleepingon sandbar...]]>
playdate poem #1 playdate poem #1
on a recent new yorker cover a room’sprominent wide window reveals backyard greenery swings a ball trees clear skyinside two young girls sit back to back butyards apart each intent on a screen eachp...]]>
n fifth street poem #23 n fifth street poem #23
 n fifth street poem #23this is a big public thank you tothe Catholic Heart Work Campscores of young people with theirleaders who swarmed into our enospark neighborhood to do what wasneeded at in...]]>
canoe poem #1 canoe poem #1
we canoed on the wisconsin river fourdays of wilderness wind water the treesa closed screen on either bank depth ofwater too suddenly shallow for powercraft sand always shifting our small groupalone e...]]>
ancienthistory poem #4 ancienthistory poem #4
 ancienthistory poem #4back in rome in the time of itsdecline emperorcaligula appointedhis horse to be amember of the governing bodywell at least it wasa whole horse©2015 Jacqueline Jackson...]]>
cheesestory #4 cheesestory #4
the story is that my grampaas a young man in collegeboarded a train at madisoncarrying a large package of limburger cheese he carefullystowed it on the overhead rackat one end of the warm coachthen ma...]]>
genesispoem #1 genesispoem #1
 genesispoem #1I think our great maker had it okay maybe a little confusion about light and dark but on target until that sixth day I think things would be a lot better now and back through much...]]>
state debt poem # 2 state debt poem # 2
 state debt poem # 2why stop at the museum, guys?there’s nothing here we really prizelop the lib’ry, what’s left of it –no one reads so why not shove itclose the parks, let geezers taketh...]]>
storypoem # 22 storypoem # 22
 storypoem # 22it’s hard to write a poem a weekand keep them what is called a poem what’s the definition of apoem anyway john knoepfle ourlocal guru talks till he runs out ofsteam sometimes j...]]>
wordnerd poem # 9 wordnerd poem # 9
 she’d lost her fitbit said the sign in theY locker room my daughter and I knewnothing of fitbits but found the wordquick in the mouth not a slow wordlike drawl we tried to make one fasterfatba...]]>
cowcount poem #1100 cowcount poem #1100
 cowcount poem #1100 mitch you’re totally wrongwhen you say why do I need1100 cows on my computer my reply is if you need 11 cows it is good to have 1100 to choose fromwe have the singing cow t...]]>
knee surgery poem #1 knee surgery poem #1
a friend writes her husband isan easy patient he just lies onthe couch in the living roomdoesn’t really want anythingthe children are delighted touse him as warm furniture...]]>
mother poem #11 mother poem #11
mother poem #11for a long time I’ve considered myself “young-old” pretty soonI better start thinking “old-old”if I knew then about old what Inow know I’d have been moreunderstanding more h...]]>
lincoln poem # 15 lincoln poem # 15
what a weekend all us lincoln loverslocal and out-of-towners unitedthe effort was worth it people wererespectful from where we were onfourth street stood silent as the hearsewent by its black ostrich ...]]>