3 Poems by YARN Alum, Jacqueline Jules

By Jacqueline Jules

Watching the Wall

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“Warmup” © Kim Siever (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kmsiever/207726971/)

Glove raised, eyes
locked on the sky,
zipping backwards
till my toes
ache in my cleats.
So worried
the ball will drop
out of reach,
I almost forget
there’s a fence
around the field
and slowing down
just a little
could keep me
from crashing
into a wall.

Hockey Puck

Skaters with sticks
charge across the ice
chasing
a round black disk—
slapping it back and forth
at a 100 miles an hour.

I feel its pain,
struck over and over,
pushed forward and back,
blocked from its goal.

Everyone wants to control it.

But the puck is smart. Won’t stay
in the curve of one stick
for too long. Circles the net.
Breaks free. Flies out of reach.

Shows guts.

Watch Me in Water

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“Swimming Pool” © Anika (https://www.flickr.com/photos/die_ani/2140972884/)

You called me a cow
this morning in the hall
on the way to math. Come
to the pool this afternoon.
Watch the cow here.
The sea cow, manatee—
graceful gray mammal
sailors saw as mermaids.

I twirl and glide,
long hair twining around me,
skin glowing beneath the waves.
It doesn’t matter
that I am large and slow.
I am majestic.
Worth hanging over the rail to watch.


JJulesWebPicJacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 30 books, including the “Zapato Power” series, the “Sofia Martinez” series, “Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation”, and “Never Say a Mean Word Again.” Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including “The Poetry Friday” anthologies edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Her YA chapbook, “Field Trip to the Museum,” includes three poems originally published in YARN. Jacqueline also blogs about teaching writing at Pencil Tips Writing Workshop. To learn more about Jacqueline’s books, visit her online at www.jacquelinejules.com

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  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    Had to send my nephew Hockey Puck (properly credited). Great poems.

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