Abstract Magazine International | Ant Gel by James Croal Jackson
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Ant Gel by James Croal Jackson

25 Oct 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Pravin Patil, @pravinpatilphotography


Fill the cracks so the ants can’t infest.
This is the poison applied for feeding:

urine-yellow icky glue sealing lips
to take home to another body. Sometimes

words stick where I open my mouth–
the crevice between us not letting you in.

I, too, have brought small gifts back
underground thinking them an olive

branch. Each attempt kills one way
or another. Malignant misinterpretations.

I return with this pellet of words.
This killing I never meant to witness.

About the author:

James Croal Jackson is the author of The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in FLAPPERHOUSE, Yes Poetry, Serving House Journal, and elsewhere. He edits The Mantle. Find him in Columbus, Ohio or at jimjakk.com.

Art: Pravin Patil@pravinpatilphotography, Mumbai, India. Model, Deepti Mohan.

Make-Up & Hair, Sumeet Ghosalkar. Retouching, Aaditya Kadam. Agency, Cocktail Style Management.

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