Jacqueline Jules

Featured in ArLiJo Issue No. 72


A milestone birthday approaches,
and my husband asks what I fancy.
A gold bracelet perhaps?
Diamonds? Pearls?

My pirate heart has one desire.


altered by alchemy
into a commodity like coins
to clink one by one
into a strongbox,
hide under the floorboards,
protect from thieves.


I can count and caress
late at night
when my fingers itch
with all they have yet to hold.

Copyright © 2014 by Jacqueline Jules.

Pedaling Truth

The longer I ride,
the less stable
truth becomes.

Blind bats and
mice preferring
cheese to chocolate
have been debunked
along with chopped earthworms
that grow again from two halves
and mothers who raise children
immune to disappointment,
illness, and grief.

Too much of what
I once pedaled faithfully
is now a flat tire
on a rusted bicycle.

Searching for other myths
to keep my wheels inflated
I find comfort in the hum
of spinning spokes,

reminding me
that what hurts now
may not always be my truth.

Copyright © 2014 by Jacqueline Jules.

Jacqueline Jules is the author of the poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press) and Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications). Her poetry has appeared in over 100 publications including ArLiJo, Poetic Voices Without Borders, and Gargoyle. She is the author of thirty books for young readers. Visit www.jacquelinejules.com

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