Instructions from the Dead by Jacqueline Jules

“In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


And the Little Prince
told the pilot
to look at the stars,
listen for laughter—
to remember
without tears.

Noble characters in fables
always tell us not to weep—
to see twinkling glitter
in the night sky
as more powerful
than the darkness.

If you’d been able to rise
from your bed, step to the window
in those final days, you might
have instructed me, too.

You might have pointed
at the clouds,
told me to watch
how they drift
from shape to shape,
reflect the sun,
never stop moving
across the sky.


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 several books for young readers. Visit


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