Fall/Winter 2014

Jackie Moss


Tomorrow is my birthday
62 candles crowd  a cupcake  

Covers fences and  grounds
It is cold and
Vanilla icing is my last vice  

By supper
It is dark
I read my Kindle by the fire
Vera Pearl plays make believe alone  

She piles pillows and fake fur throws
To make beds
For herself and her dolls  

She Swan Lake Dances and Sings  

“Everyone, everyone is going to die
Ghosts fly high in the sky”  

The dollies’ glass eyes Stare up Arranged in a solemn row  

Vera Pearl is my granddaughter
She is three
And already hears the Muse
I see it in her eyes
Like mine, they are green with specks of spooky stories and gold  

 We toast Happy Birthday
With two blue glass angels
And pretend to drink the light clean

Jackie Moss is an award winning poet whose work has appeared in literary magazines and online journals. She has read in venues across Long Island with such poets as the late Anne Porter, Dan Murray and Aaron Kramer. Moss has been part of the consciousness movement since the early seventies, and has developed a contemplative education curriculum for children.



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