Showing posts with label Freedom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Freedom. Show all posts

Thursday, June 6, 2024


Photo © 2024 Jennifer Wagner


From the watchtower

I saw them, wildflowers

drifting downstream.


I followed on foot, from loamy bank

to bank, and found you

in that neglected canoe


—you’d chased them, too,

with my heart,

a padlock you’d rescued


for pennies on the dollar,

and handed it back to me,

warm, and melting like wax.


I’d never been able

to find the key,

but you unlocked it


with a poem in Latin,

so haunted, so beautiful,

and unchained all my wildflower tears.



© 2024 Jennifer Wagner



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Thursday, July 13, 2023



When faced with the plank,

I feared the sea.


I shouldn’t have.

The dark waters have always borne me

like God’s own hand.


Breathing petrified air

for far too long,

I’d neglected the glide

and swift flip


I’d learned

birthed at the milk side

of deep monsters who’d cradled

the calfling me.


Kohl running,

half-burned candle

ripped from my hand,

arms and legs bound,

I braved the ship’s side.


Pirates snarled insults

with teeth missing,

and legs, from the knee.

But what did they know

of my means,


their jealous hands yielding

the treasures of scurvy

and bitter gangrene?


No push needed, I jumped—

fear on their scarred visages,

gaping, cursing me

and their luck,


with every tie being unstrung

in the sparrow-filled wind.



© 2023 Jennifer Wagner



What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.   And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.   So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. ~ Civilla D. Martin, 1905