I crack– then leak–

always expecting honey,

hummingbird, candy. Look–

I want to be with you

in health and heartache. But

I know the sorrow that eats me,

I see my eyes, and you, the one

who loves them– in countless

shades– you ask me to


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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