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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