Full Moon & Shooting Stqrs




Full Moon & Shooting Stars


It is the Perseid meteor shower

and everything is happening

at once. I park my car

to go to the bonfire

at the perpetually-renovating

home (no floor can ever

be called finished)

and work defies my

freedom once again

on Friday night

after another twelve-

hour marathon

but my friends sit

in darkness and

I can’t see them,

I just walk into

the house soundlessly

and type away

my mistakes,

thinking of the full

red moon that disappeared

into traffic on Penn

Avenue. And I look

for it from this house but it is

obscured by trees, or altitude,

or the general camaraderie

of things, the order of how

it’s supposed to be, and when

I step outside I ask

who’s here?

One by one

it is who

I want to see.


 James Croal Jackson


James Croal Jackson is a Filipino-American poet who works in film production. His latest chapbooks are A God You Believed In (Pinhole Poetry, 2023) and Count Seeds With Me (Ethel Zine & Micro-Press, 2022). Recent poems are in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Little Patuxent Review, and The Round. He edits The Mantle Poetry from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (jamescroaljackson.com)

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