Saturday, July 9, 2016

About Trolls

Fremont Troll, Seattle, WA
Image © 2016 Jennifer Wagner

Stand strong,
there are real-life trolls out there—
small people

who’ll try
to steal your sweetness, your flame,
consume your fire by night,
snuff out your compass cloud.

You must stand strong.

But, if they’re big enough
to take your Volkswagen, with one hand—


© 2016 Jennifer Wagner

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Grandma's Picnic Table

Paint peeling, wood splitting,
flies swarming her trailer, sweltering heat
in that clay and lime town—

but, oh! the tart and bubbling rhubarb crisp,
the spicy-sweet hot mustard,
the savory scent
of the best, the best, fried chicken
any of us had ever eaten.

Poor—and rich—
all the difference
in the crinkle-cut corner
of her laugh-rippled eyes.

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Survivor's Credo

(and nature’s echo)

In spite of adversity, I will be
lavishly happy.

I won’t
bear the shame not mine.

I will not
punish myself
for the ugliness of another.

And, I will see
the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.

sunshine on wildflowers,
creek beds rippling coolly—
a doe bends, sips
she sighs heavily, light
with the headiness
of goodness after rain

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner