purple palm

trees on your tank

top       pink fingernails

clutching milkshake

you sip sun

drenched    Polaroid

aiming into brick

wall     red curtain

in the breeze palm

trees   sky

behind you

all of the future in front



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. (

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