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 (themantlepoetry.com). He works in film production in Pittsburgh, PA. (jamescroaljackson.com)