James Lee Jobe Poems (7 Poems)


    Eternity (James Lee Jobe Poem)

    for C. G. Macdonald, 1956-2006 Charlie, sunrise is a three-legged mongrel dog, going deaf, already blind in one eye, answering to the unlikely name, ‘Lucky.’ The sky, at gray-blue dawn, is a football field painted by smiling artists. Each artist … Continue reading



    Moon In Virgo (James Lee Jobe Poem)

    You are not beaten. The simple music rises up, children’s voices in the air, sound floating out across the land and on to the river beyond, over the valley’s floor. No, you cannot go back for those things you lost, … Continue reading



    SPROUT (James Lee Jobe Poem)

    It could be Valley Oak or Snap-bean, Elderberry, or Cattail rising out of the creek; all began the same, a spark of life inside, the need to be coaxing their will into action. Seed and pod, nut and bulb, cajoled … Continue reading



    Quietly (James Lee Jobe Poem)

    Quiet! Today the earth tells me, be quiet. Ssh! No talking now. Our soul is listening to tiny things, almost silent. This is a language that you feel. Our soul, says the earth, hears every little sound. (James Lee Jobe)



    Redbud Trail – Winter (James Lee Jobe Poem)

    It??Ts two muddy miles from Highway 20, just past the north fork of Cache Creek, across the broad meadow, through blue oak woodland, up, up to the ridge, and back down to the creek bank, the crossing point, me striding … Continue reading



    Richard (James Lee Jobe Poem)

    It’s mid-winter and the sunrise knows it, and wakes me with a shudder; I’m just a man. For 5 cold mornings in a row, the beautiful pheasant has come to our patio to steal some of the dry catfood, sometimes … Continue reading



    WHAT I DID IN THE MOONLIGHT (James Lee Jobe Poem)

    I planted my grief in freshly turned earth A tree grows there now You should see the size of it I filled my wheel-barrow with all my pointless regrets I put them out by the curb A truck will pick … Continue reading




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