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Super Bloom (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Every Spring, poppies of various hues cover the fields throughout Southern California. They are a beautiful sight–and at least these flowers haven’t been touched by the Wicked Witch of the West.] Across the verdant hills and valleys     poppies have popped to the surface     in rich purples, oranges, andContinue reading “Super Bloom (A Poem)”

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Bedside Journeys (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: It gives me great pleasure to read stories aloud for other people to enjoy them, and I have done so more often ever since moving back home amid the pandemic (and to help my parents). My mother is preparing for knee surgery, so watching her stress melt away into aContinue reading “Bedside Journeys (A Poem)”

An Ordinary Magician (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: You meet some intriguing people when using public transportation.] The other day I met a magician at a transit station        Where buses lined the curb on the one side        And a railway track stretched along the other It was a transit station I had often passed through       Continue reading “An Ordinary Magician (A Poem)”

Night Music (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: True story.] Once when evening filled the countryside     I felt inspired to pull out my harmonica                  (a simple tremolo)        and serenade the full silver moon         with an idle melody                      that never received a name Seated beside an opened bedroom window      the gentle cadence flowedContinue reading “Night Music (A Poem)”

A Form of Imitation (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Inspired by the saying, “Art imitates life,” and also by life in general.] I have heard that . . . Art imitates life    like a mold formed by ingredients         gathered               to create other realities Letters across a page     can transform into tales of endurance over hardshipsContinue reading “A Form of Imitation (A Poem)”

Freely Written Nonsense (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: I learned about freewriting during my community college years. It has proven to be a helpful creative technique ever since then.] Whenever ideas refuse to budge from deep within my mind sometimes                I take a deep breath      and write nonsense on all the ways             they resist the temptationContinue reading “Freely Written Nonsense (A Poem)”

A Few Interesting Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Throughout the United States, parades fill city streets and people celebrate the cultural heritage of the Emerald Isle. It is a time of great festivity, with roots that stretch back several centuries. Here are a few interesting facts surrounding this wonderful occasion: 1) St. Patrick’s Day was founded in 1631 byContinue reading “A Few Interesting Facts about St. Patrick’s Day”

Journal Entry #10

I didn’t get the library associate position applied for at one of my nearest libraries. A form letter-style email popped into my inbox a short while ago, informing me that although the branch manager and circulation supervisor had carefully considered my application, they had decided to give the opening to another applicant they believed wasContinue reading “Journal Entry #10”

Childhood Literary Visions (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: In tribute to childhood stories everywhere.] Within the hallowed pages      of certain curious volumes        childhood visions are always at play             like lullabies that echo in the mind long                   after the lights have given way                                     to darkened         starry restfulness They call to mind stories told at bedsidesContinue reading “Childhood Literary Visions (A Poem)”

Learned Weavings (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Written a short while after I had learned to crochet, which has since proven to be a calming activity–and very constructive as well. The photo above is of a small pouch.] This past week…        I learned to weave together threads        by forming one loop             and guiding it through anotherContinue reading “Learned Weavings (A Poem)”