Mark Jackley

Obit Writer


I give you
black words
in white space.

Maybe we go
to darkness,
maybe we go to light.

Maybe any words
will do.



Civil War Headstones


Fate Stewart,
two rows over
from Gip Sword.



Homeless Man Trying to Sleep at the Greyhound Station


Travelers pass.
He shuts his eyes
and resumes the journey.



Jackley, Mark

Mark Jackley’s work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge and other journals. His new book of poems On the Edge of a Very Small Town is available for free at