Mark Jackley | Two Poems

 

Thelonious Monk

if garden slugs
could twist and shine
in the dirt
doing the holy

dance of life
seeking life
he could play
the first few

drops of rain
stumbling
beautifully
on the roof

 

In the ‘Great Day in Harlem’ Photo

Mary Lou Williams
bends her gaze
away
she improvises
like a flower
parched
at the core
a flicker and
a shift
a ripple
change in key
sensing
rain perhaps
August
torpor and
how fast
the heart incites
the storm.

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Mark Jackley has work that has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge and other journals. His new book of poems On the Edge of a Very Small Town is available for free at chineseplums@gmail.com