Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Obvious

Obvious

Holes
appear in the wall,
from both bullets and corrosion.
Both light
and water flow through.
If the metal is peeled away
and the containment breached,
will the land flood
or be enlightened?

-Robert L. Jackson III

Written for the Poets United blog's midweek Motif of 'Flood.'



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Catching Wind

This post is a little different than usual. After recollecting my high school days, I asked my mother to find this essay which was written for Mrs. Roby's English class about twenty-four years ago. I remember it because it was entered in some state writing competition, but did not win. After an extensive search, it was found (thank you!). This is a scan of the original, with errors and all. 



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Placement

Placement

Cracked shells
are never found
on the souvenir shop shelf,
but their cracked edges
are unique
and savored
among ancient ruins
and repaired in veins of gold
among the terrestrial,
while their counterparts,
the matching edges,
are lost in the ocean
and ground to sand.

-Robert L. Jackson III


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Entanglement 2

Entanglement 2

Control bars link 
to each other,
and equalize
the marionettes 
and the masters.
The strings
pull in tension
on both ends
but buckle
when pressed
and cannot repel
until frames touch.
Each part of existence
-each particle in fabric
wood, bone, flesh and skin-
reacts
instantaneously
to their tangled lives
through theoretical fibers.

-Robert L. Jackson III


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Magnetic

Magnetic

The erosion
of many ages
has removed loose soil.
Debris
has washed away
from dark showers.
Soft minerals
have dissolved
under undulating rivers.
Remaining
are columns
of cooled lava.
Dense iron
bends the fields
and behavior;
focal points
on barren planes
of perception.
The calloused hand
liberates
a tarnished
brass compass
from a pocket
and holds it parallel
to the tuned
horizon,
as it pivots.

-Robert L. Jackson III

This one was actually partially inspired by a show on shark week about sharks apparent attraction to volcanoes.




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tilt

Tilt

Two statues
carved smooth
from settled marble,
layered in seasons,
shaped to interlock
but apart,
held vertical
by gravity
from Earth
and horizontally
by each other.
Cracking,
their foundations 
tilt.

-Robert L. Jackson III


A picture of a Nathan Sawaya Lego sculpture from the Art of the Bricks exhibit.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Adapted

Should the twisted tree
be chopped down
to the ground
and the stump
removed
because as a sapling
it followed
a river of light
that curved
around larger trunks
and spliced
clusters of leaves?

-Robert L. Jackson III