Stacey Jones Afterword

September 8, 2021
by Ryukan

Hi Paul,

 As an afterword, here is a poem made up of the first lines of all the poems I received, and two images. Group 16, the stragglers! The woman holding a flower came from Greg Colburn of Hanover, PA (the painting is Wild Flowers by John Wragg.) The clothespins came from Karen Loeb in Eau Claire, WI.

Cheers, and thanks again.
Stacey Jones, Seattle, WA

Aloha Stacey—

I’m sending a
half turn,
crystalline snowflakes
(they drank their color),
the bag of wooden clothespins,
empty freighters.

Yesterday I re-did
Atlanta and aligned
a year of losses.

I will hold on to this plant.

“To fire, to fire,” cried the silver man.
He leaves his work,
a structure of dreams.

Sit by the shore
waiting, without complaint,
this ladder has no end.    

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  1. Rosanne

    That poem: beautiful – as are the postcards. I like poems that are a little ambiguous to me so i can participate in finding meaning in the beautiful phrasing from my own life, or imagining what the author’s experience is

  2. Jodi Dills

    I love this, Stacy, Thanks so much for sharing. You did a remarkable job putting together all those first lines!

  3. Karen Loeb

    Stacey, thanks for including my clothespin photo with your inventive mash-up.

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