Before We Stepped Outside

by on Aug 24, 2017

my head

soft hands
planted roots
on my scalp
spring warmth

cherry blossoms
in your laugh

on our tongues


James Croal Jackson’s poetry has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Rust + Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. His first chapbook, The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017) is forthcoming. He is the 2016 William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest winner in his current city of Columbus, Ohio. Visit him at