Four cards are on the table- four suits
arranged as punnett squares.
There is the equal difference of sweet peas-
a box cut in half, once more.
I know four faces, still and plaintive.
I hear the rush of four wings. One is healing.
I am swept up in the green color
of creating the creator's creation again, and again.
It took four poems. Two were handwritten,
one untidy on a bare leg, one slow and careful- revised.
Another was clicked out on a black plastic at four in the morning.
The last I keep to myself- rough quartz in my pocket.
Really Scrub It
Great Aunt Margaret glared at me from her couch and threw
her magazine against the wall.
"Don't you ever wash your face? Wash your face now, and really scrub it. Oh, the
way you look- it's a shame!"
The school pictures that my mom sent to her stayed in a junk drawer.
Jessica Wiseman Lawrence lives in rural central Virginia and received her liberal arts education from Longwood University. She recently published work in the "Where I Live" series for Silver Birch Press, and also has poems currently upcoming in Third Wednesday, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Gloom Cupboard Magazine, Zoomoozophone, LIpstick Party Magazine, UNTUCKED, and The Activity Report. Her work focuses on current events, motherhood, poverty, and nature. She also has an interest in earth science and biology.
"That People See," Silver Birch Press, "Where I Live," March 2015.
"Work," Lipstick Party Magazine, March 2015
"Antisocial," Lipstick Party Magazine, March 2015
"Potato Chips," Gloom Cupboard Magazine, upcoming in April 2015.
"Planets," Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, upcoming in May 2015.
"Slowly," The Activity Report, upcoming in 2015.
"Zoo," Third Wednesday, upcoming in 2015.
"Ephemeris," Zoomoozophone, upcoming in 2015.
"The Last Poem on Earth," UNTUCKED, upcoming in 2015.