Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Enter Through the Window

Open Books:  A Poem Emporium
Seattle, WA
Photo © 2017 Jennifer Wagner

(About Poems)

Enter through the window,
not the door,
if you’re a poem.

Doors are so conspicuous.
You must be creative—

make me wonder
how you got here—

layered in metaphor,
side-smiled with simile

—surprise me,
even when just spoken plainly
from your heart.

As no doubt, even cerebral,
you are

© 2017 Jennifer Wagner

Also, I’m delighted to have three poems in Lakdi Ka Pul – II, The Poetry Bridge, An International Anthology by Twin City Poetry Club. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017


“Consider the lilies, how they grow . . .” Luke 12:27.

They don’t need
to find themselves.

They just are.

They receive sun.
They receive rain.

They grow.

And when the smiling sun
turns, split-scorching what’s tender, what’s new,

and the thunderous dark and cursed rain
somehow gives blessing,

I will remember them and bend

and grow,

© 2017 Jennifer Wagner

Friday, July 28, 2017

One Way to Look at It

(A poem for June)

Half way through
I haven’t done half
of what I said I would.

Half of things left undone . . .

but of the other half?  I won.

© 2017 Jennifer Wagner

I wrote this in June and since it’s the end of July I figured maybe I would post it –which is how my year seems to be going!

Monday, July 17, 2017

beautiful name(s)

your name
a whisper on his lips

called like consuming fire
to taste and see
he is good

the sweetness of his name
on your lips

like water
like honey

like something new
you didn’t know
all this time
has found you

when you didn’t know
what you were looking for

© 2017 jennifer wagner

written for some people i love