2008 Fragment (College)

There is a picture of you standing>
in a blue IKEA bag in the chapter>

room because we wanted to find God,>
me and Jack and Chris. That led us>

to IKEA in Robinson, Pennsylvania>
and I knew not to fall asleep>

in your car but I did anyway. We>
were toying with the brand new>

Garmin. We knew the route it wanted>
us to take was not the best but>

we took it anyway because technology.>
I wasn’t the one who was going to tell>

the lady who locked us in the parking>
garage we got stuck in that we needed>

to be let out. You did, and I have the>
picture in my memory of you telling>

her. I wish I remembered the words.

James Croal Jackson is a Filipino-American poet who works in film production. He has three chapbooks: Count Seeds With Me (Ethel Zine & Micro-Press, 2022), Our Past Leaves (Kelsay Books, 2021), and The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights, 2017). He edits The Mantle Poetry from Pittsburgh, PA. jamescroaljackson.com

See more of his work in 10.4 and 10.4

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