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An Attempt at Capture

I fisted tendrils of breath, sticky mist
waded through the shallows to capture
something from inside you that sustains
organs removable but too messy

I weave them, inhale until my lungs
explode with the pop of pressure
(there's no release) my mouth unopened
like a soft drink can, tab not pulled

I carry the price of need deeper than bone
pickaxe of pain driven by jackhammer desire
for this twisted thing I cannot name... holding
onto all you have, when you have nothing

Jennifer Ruth Jackson is an award-winning poet and fiction writer whose
work has appeared in
Red Earth Review, Banshee, and more.  She runs
a blog for disabled and/or neurodivergent writers called
The Handy,
Uncapped Pen
from an apartment she shares with her husband. Follow
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Previously published in
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This is the first poem published in this magazine.

Published May 18, 2020

Poets of the Midwest Contest #1 - First Place

An Attempt at Capture

by Jennifer Ruth Jackson
(Wisconsin, USA)
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