the low orange moon

makes the Ohio River shine

like a black pearl

among the hushed sheds

of Catlettsburg, Kentucky  

 

I am radiant and massive

 

“moon” is round and cool

on my tongue,

a pearl

 

This poem originally appeared in Volume 2 of The Ampersand Review.

 

 

Mark Jackley is the author of two chapbooks, with a third, “Cracks and Slats,” forthcoming from Amsterdam Press and a full-length collection, “There Will Be Silence While You Wait,” on the way from Plain View Press. He lives in the Washington, DC, area. His poems have appeared recently in Inertia Magazine, Apt and oceandiamond.

 

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