Poetica Magazine

Poetica Magazine

Another Dawn
by Jacqueline Jules  

Groggily waking to the cry of my newborn
in the next room, I remember giving thanks
for the sound of life at dawn.

I never took my baby’s breath for granted.

Yet now, in an empty house,
it takes effort not to roll over with a groan
when a buzzer rouses me from dreams.

I’ve sat shiva for too many
who should have lived
to see another day.

And so I remind myself with a prayer
to be grateful my soul didn’t
slip away in my sleep.

Modah Ani. I have been granted
another dawn to reject despair and
discover what else awaits before
my days come to an end.

About the author:

Jacqueline Jules is the author of Manna in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2021) and Itzhak Perlman's Broken String, winner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press. Her poetry has appeared in over 100 publications. Visit  www.jacquelinejules.com