Cactus by Jacqueline Jules

Right now, my life
resembles a desert plant
with spines too sharp
to embrace.

Still, giant green limbs
raised like towers
against blue sky
tempt me to look up.

So do bright flowers
bearing fruit
over barren ground.

And I’m intrigued
by those succulent stems,
staunchly protecting
internal moisture
no matter how seldom
rain appears.



Jacqueline Jules
Jacqueline Jules is the author of Field Trip to the Museum, a collection of narrative poems in the voice of an 18-year-old girl who travels away from self-destructive behavior to a new understanding of herself. Her poetry has been published in numerous places, including Germ Magazine, Cicada, YARN, and The Poetry Friday Anthologies. She is also the author of an upcoming poetry book, Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence. Visit


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