FRIDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: MARK JACKLEY


MOTHER AND TEENAGE SON
by MARK JACKLEY

Stumbling from the van
to wait in line for burgers,
staring, not speaking,
love improvises
in the manner of Miles Davis
in the cool, pure
silence in between
halting notes.


“Mother and Teenage Son” is printed here today with permission from the poet. Poem first appeared in Barnstorm.

Mark Jackley is a business writer in Washington, DC, whose poems have appeared in journals throughout the US, as well as in India, Australia, England, and Canada.

Editor’s Note: This poem is dedicated to my 16-year-old brother who recently discovered our mother reading a book discreetly titled, “Yes, Your Teen is Crazy.”

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2 Responses to FRIDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: MARK JACKLEY

  1. Sivan Butler-Rotholz says:

    Short and sweet, the way a teenage boy might write a poem! I love the story behind it – your brother and your mother – but the image of burgers and bacon was a bit much for this vegetarian! ; )

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