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Jacqueline Jules


If a seed,
as small as a freckle
can swell and sprout,
shake off its fears
unfurling a stem
strong enough
to push
the dirt aside,
then maybe I
can lift my head
and raise my arms
like triumphant leaves
welcoming the sun.

© by Jacqueline Jules.
Used here with the author's permission.



Jacqueline Jules is a former librarian who found herself intrigued by almost every book she put on the shelf.  As a reader and as a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre. She is the author of 50 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics, including two poetry books for young readers, Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence (Albert Whitman, 2020), and Smoke at the Pentagon: Poems to Remember (Bushel & Peck, 2023). Jacqueline is also the author of four poetry books for adults, including a collection of biblically inspired poems, Manna in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2021). After 26 years in Virginia, she moved to Long Island to be closer to her grandchildren. Learn more about her at



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Gilbert Allen:
A fine poem to begin the day.
Posted 09/05/2019 08:05 AM
I like "strong enough / to push / the dirt aside, Does a lot of work.
Posted 09/05/2019 08:03 AM
Larry Schug:
Maybe we all can! Much inspiration in so few words; a good poem in so many ways.
Posted 09/05/2019 06:51 AM

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