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The Adam Rose

August 6, 2010

by Clarissa Jakobsons

It is a vapour, that appeareth for a little time,
and then vanisheth away.

James 4:14

Verdant blades carpet
his walk. It is good.
Cobalt waters gather in the Baltic
under Vacarinė, Evening Star,
he quivers whispering her name.
She appears and knows.

Did they know
that the whisper would lead
to fallen holly oaks and ash
trees, and the demise
of an age birthing seed and sword.
You and me.


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Music: “raven’s dissipation” from the album Ore by darwinsbitch (A.K.A. Marielle Jakobsons), released by Digitalis Recordings, 2009. Used by permission.

Clarissa Jakobsons teaches art and writing classes at a community college, authored A Poet Traveling Incognito, several chapbooks, is the winner of the Akron Art Museum New Words Competition and associate editor of Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal. Her paintings and artistic books have been widely displayed. Don’t be surprised to see Clarissa kicking sandcastles, painting P’town blues, climbing Berkeley hills, lifting weights on Treasure Island, showering Tai Chi blessings from Notre Dame, or igniting Parisian lights reading her poems at Shakespeare and Co.

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  1. Nichole
    August 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I listened to the podcast (four or five times ;-) and I just LOVED it. I had read the poem over a few times before listening to you, sort of just reveling in the words as they landed in my head and that in it of itself was lovely. Oh, but it was a real revelation to hear your spoken interpretation! What a beautiful thing it is to experience poetry straight from the mouth of the writer. It provides so much more depth and so many more layers of meaning to the words. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for sharing this! What a gift!

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