Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Poetry Pop-up: Jacqueline Jules

Waiting To Heal

Fractured bone
bleeds, then clots.
A callus forms
and tissue toughens—
as long as
circulation is good,
no infection intrudes,
and the limb
stays immobile
long enough.

Bone cells
possess the magic
to link broken parts,
become whole enough
to bear the weight
of living once again.

If only waiting
weeks and weeks
didn’t blister and itch
or entomb every thought
inside a plaster crypt.

                                        --Jacqueline Jules

"Waiting to Heal" appears in Itzhak Perlman's Broken String.

Jacqueline Jules is the author of three chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press), Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications), and Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String (Winner, Helen Kay Chapbook Prize 2016). Her work has appeared in over 100 publications. Visit her online at where you will see that she is also the author of 40 books for young readers including the Zapato Power series and Pluto is Peeved.

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