Jean L. Kreiling

After the painting by Jackson Pollock (See the image here)

Illuminated by a friendly sun again,
she vows that she will never be undone again.

As long as she can shimmer, she can breathe;
as long as she can breathe, she need not run again.

She’ll whirl agreeably, with grace and poise,
however brutally she may be spun again.

Unfazed by arcs of blue and red and green,
she’ll take their dare, and all will waltz as one again.

If darker spirals nudge maliciously,
she’ll just pretend their dance has not begun again.

She tells herself, leave loss behind, and shine,
and knows she will, in time.  It’s true: she’s won again.


JEAN L. KREILING is the author of the recently published collection, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books, 2014).  Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of the String Poet Prize and the Able Muse Write Prize, and she has been a finalist for the Frost Farm Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award.