Jen Schneider

Candles

licks of flame dimly seen
through ancient blinders
and then white powder fog:

menorah in Poland’s Parliament
Shabbat candles in Warsaw apartment
a barn in Jedwabne full
of so many … Read more

And the word of the year is….

I’m looking at the words line up,
each word corralled for further scrutiny.
We, pronouncing each,
puzzle over preferences for
one word,
one utterance summing up turmoils
and triumphs for … Read more

Beneath the ice

Beneath the ice, a fiery heart,
Sundhnúksgígar tears the earth apart.
Molten wrath in crimson spouts,
Earth whispers a symphony of doubts.

A dance of tremor, earth awakes,
Reykjanes peninsula … Read more

The alternative way

What not to do –
To end a war that burns the edges of your land –
Send out silvery weapons;
Worry about the ephemeral gold;
Hate your strange neighbours;… Read more

Deliveroo Rider

I want to thank you good people for gathering around
To listen to what I’m about to put down.
My topic for today is Deliveroo
A food platform founded by … Read more

Motives on Display

The iconic Macy’s store
in downtown Philadelphia, home
of Santa and the Charles Dickens
Christmas Village, is closed today.
Tomorrow, too. Its trains are quiet. Its doors,
draped in yellow … Read more

Tango Pantheon

In each corner of Buenos Aires, lampposts whisper tango stories,
a damp chronopio hidden under the rubble of a once thriving land
climbs his way stealthily with a maverick’s heart … Read more

A Gorey Moment

Image from https://pixabay.com

I sometimes have a Gorey moment

wondering what could have been

if the hanging chads

hadn’t hung,

or if Gore had hung up

his gentleman’s suit

and … Read more

IN THE GUNSMOKE

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of the 80th school shooting
this year I lead the charge
for citizens’ resistance,
no more locking metal storage units,
prayers puffy-eyed,
instead, we eye CQB training videos
drill positions … Read more

David and Goliath

David took five smooth stones
from a stream to fight
Goliath—nine feet tall, carrying
javelin, spear, and sword.
The giant’s people, Philistines, crafted
drones, hypersonic missiles—
secrets to success in … Read more

A More Modest Proposal

Let’s not gripe over our Supreme Judiciary
taking advantage of, and making merry

with, rich folks’ money and gifts galore –
travel, art, guns, opera tickets, more.

After all, what … Read more

Insoluble

Blue sky, white clouds, yellow sun,
green flowers, orange flames, red balloons –
my Rubik’s Cube sat unsolved for forty years
until my grandson, whose name means heart,
held it … Read more