What Rough Beast | Poem for October 24, 2017

Jacqueline Jules
Practicing Humility

No more than my space, no less than my place.
—Alan Morinis

All have a seat in the sanctuary.
One space—no more, no less.
How do I fill mine?
Sitting so still, hands in my lap,
no one feels my presence?
Or stretching long limbs,
elbowing, kicking others?
I have a seat in the sanctuary,
to lift my book and sing my hymn,
just as you have a seat beside me.
One space—no more, no less.


Jacqueline Jules is the author of Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press, 2014), Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications, 2014), and Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String (Evening Street Press, 2017) winner of the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize. Her poetry has appeared The Broome Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Hospital Drive, and Imitation Fruit. She is also the author of 40 books for young readers. Visit www.jacquelinejules.com.

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