I’m stapling anger by its ear

to the corkboard but it refuses

to stay put

I’m thumbtacking fear and

nailing jealousy but they

wriggle and writhe

on the wall

Duct tape works well

on shame and regret

but even extreme stickiness

won’t fix them in place

I’m running out of supplies

to keep my emotions in check

Hope and love better get here soon


Jennifer Dotson is author of Late Night Talk Show Fantasy & Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2020) and Clever Gretel (Chicago Poetry Press, 2013). Jennifer is a recent finalist in the 2021 Mary Blinn Poetry Contest.  She is the creative engine behind www.HighlandParkPoetry.org, which she founded in 2007.

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