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'Sitting at a laptop creates an image that I carry back.' (Jay Cool)


A neck with a thousand folds.
A bump harboured by an anxious nose.
A line, puckered into peaks and troughs, of 48 years near gone.

A thought.

It is not me.

Just an image.

An image of another me in another time.

Not me now.

Now, I write myself into being -

smoothing out the lines and carrying them

over and

back.


Copyright owned by Jay Cool January 2019


Inspired by the line 'Sitting in a room creates a room that we carry with us.' (From 'Feel Piece 4' by Hannah Ensor and Laura Wetherington.)

Yellow Rose of Flanders

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'tis strange that from my womb
you birthed before you ran into the womb of
friends - cushioned up by their company, as you return to
your once-was home - fleeted
and flitting.


Copyright owned by Jay Cool, January 2019


Inspired by 'Pieta' by Rainer Maria Rilke

Goddessed into 2019

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Reluctant bridge
crawls across from December into
January

failing to tip
me off

as the tips of my fingers reach     out    and   hold                 on

s t r e t c h e d

whole

wholly reluctant

full of holes

and  

unretractable.

Not for the first time, I have the feeling of being holy -

goddessed into 2019.



Copyright owned by Jay Cool, January 2019



Inspired by the poem 'January', by Helen Hunt Jackson.

Brushed Up

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A sunflower life
reaching up to the highest point
before falling back down again
and being painted back up
to balance of the
tips of a 
brush.


Copyright owned by Jay Cool, January 2019



Inspired by 'Death to Paint Us', by J. Michael Martinez.

Yoked

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Yoked by a runny egg
at its core a lost eye
a beak blunted by your desire
for happiness.

Copyright owned by Jay Cool, January 2019




Inspired by Ada Limon's poem, 'Publicity'.