by Elizabeth Jacobson

Is summer
on a painted bench
hair pulled back
lips pink
knees to her chest
the bony part browned
darker on the top.
Heat is fluid in her.
A bath running
birds in the yard sounding
like cats, like nursery rhymes;
clocks ticking.
Evening doesn’t end
pours from one open mouth
into the next
a syrup of days,
the past and future
at the same time all at once

SOURCE: “Girl” appears in Elizabeth Jacobson‘s collection Her Knees Pulled In (Tres Chicas Books, 2012), available at

IMAGE: “Little Girl with a Blue Jersey” by Berthe Morisot (1886).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Jacobson is the author of the poetry collection Her Knees Pulled In (Tres Chicas Books, 2012). She is the founding director of the WingSpanPoetry Project, which brings weekly poetry classes to the residents at the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and creates poetry workshops for various programs at other local shelters. She has taught writing for over 25 years at colleges and elementary schools, in both New York and New Mexico — most recently with ArtWorks in Santa Fe. Elizabeth is the winner of the 2013 Mountain West Writer’s Contest from Western Humanities Review, the recipient ofthe Jim Sagel Prize for poetry from Puerto del Sol, and has an MFA from Columbia University. Visit her at