Monday, August 28, 2017


Armored Charioteer
Photo © 2017 Jennifer Wagner

Holding the reins
of dynasty,
the red spread,

until conquered,
in mercurial endings—

and forgotten

with the bones
of their makers, their lips
like tombs.

© 2017 Jennifer Wagner


I recently toured the fascinating Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China display in Seattle.  Thousands of the life-size clay soldiers, each with unique characteristics, were buried with the Emperor.  They were discovered in 1974 and are an epic archaeological find. 

Emperor Qin consumed mercury in hopes of preventing his death which is believed to have hastened it.  He also had rivers of flowing mercury installed in his tomb.  Laborers who helped build Qin’s tomb complex were buried in it for secrecy regarding its location and treasures within.

High-Ranking General
Photo © 2017 Jennifer Wagner

Kneeling and Standing Archers
Photo © 2017 Jennifer Wagner


Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Hope is a bright white page
filled with invisible ink

by secret spy.

Your eyes widening,
your pulse quickening,
your heart literally skipping
          off the page—

as each letter, revealed,
is a dream

an unfolding message,
you can’t believe is
for you.

© 2017 Jennifer Wagner