Green Hills Literary Lantern




With Your Bad Back You Should Not Lift



but it is what it is, this world, this sad state– yet

you tend the garden, lay bags of rocks to block


the blooming weeds from within the mulch.

You try what you can to avoid the world, but


it fights itself around you, despite the decay,

the same as yours, the aching soil, the toil


of the day, the rain and its deep clouds

becoming another pit that downs you.






James Croal Jackson is a Filipino-American poet. He has a chapbook, The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017)  and recent poems in DASH, Sampsonia Way, and Jam & Sand. He edits The Mantle ( He works in film production in Pittsburgh, PA. (