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A Clean Ghost Story

Retold by Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on an actual story published around Halloween in the student newspaper at the college I attended as an undergraduate and graduate student. I did try to save the actual newspaper where it appeared, but that source material has since been misplaced and lost to time. It clearly hadContinue reading “A Clean Ghost Story”


A Wolf Moon (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: An experimental poem about traveling around a forest at night on a wolf. Hope you enjoy it!] Please come along        dear friends    on this journey beneath an ancient moon       that shines like the golden eyes             of our patient guide A large white wolf with fur      radiantContinue reading “A Wolf Moon (A Poem)”

The Midnight Society (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Does anyone else remember Are you Afraid of the Dark? It was a show that aired on Nickelodeon around the 90s, where this group of teenagers would tell each other spooky tales in the forest at night.] Many years ago…                 deep in the forest…      a group of teenagers gatheredContinue reading “The Midnight Society (A Poem)”

From Beneath the Bed (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Originally composed to submit for an anthology. It wasn’t a good fit there, but I think it should be fine here. Hope you enjoy it!] Little Jimmy trembled because     of the monster under his bed But Little Jimmy trembled even harder     when a monster came in     throughContinue reading “From Beneath the Bed (A Poem)”

Fireworks (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: It’s getting to be that time of year again when fireworks will soar high up into the skies. I hope to see them in person this year.] A distant whistle in the darkness   followed by a slim groove of light           that sails higher              and higher              andContinue reading “Fireworks (A Poem)”

Milky Way of Words (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: The Milky Way is gorgeous.] Sometimes I want to trace a line through the starry night skies and share every detail with you          except all I have are words refined          over years spent in study of a craft          ancient in its enchantments for us                 so letContinue reading “Milky Way of Words (A Poem)”

Soot Stains

Retold by Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Throughout high school, I volunteered at the local museum that opened its doors during my freshman year. Its curator, a wonderful older woman by the name of Margaret, turned what was essentially her childhood home into a spot where any visitors could learn about the history of our area.Continue reading “Soot Stains”

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)”