I can’t talk about money I have none

      I am green in love in the black in life


the debt of my ancestors I am

      someone’s deficient ancestor


though my family is dying

                    one at a time deeper


into ground and deeper into soil

                    the sound of my sister


sobbing though she can’t be here

                    at the funeral she would if


she could    

                    there’s always next time


James Croal Jackson

James Croal Jackson is a Filipino-American poet. He has poems published in Perhappened, Kingdoms in the Wild, Capsule Stories, Ariel Chart, Rattle, and others. He edits The Mantle Poetry (themantlepoetry.com) from Pittsburgh, PA. (jamescroaljackson.com)


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