James Croal Jackson: “Poppy”


everywhere on the bagel, poppies
in the out of focus fields, poppies

the feeds scroll full of puppies
the home, poppies

what can you say about fireworks
has already exploded

in mouth in blood
we buds. we bud.

grandpa was a farmer
he tended to his poppies

white and wild wind
the wind. white and wild

About the Author: James Croal Jackson works in film production. His most recent chapbooks are Count Seeds With Me (Ethel Zine & Micro-Press, 2022) and Our Past Leaves (Kelsay Books, 2021). Recent poems are in Stirring, White Wall Review, and Vilas Avenue. He edits The Mantle Poetry from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (jamescroaljackson.com)


Image Credit: Chase Dimock “Poppy” (2022)