photo of Krysia Jopek by Steve Yau

Affirmations [1]

No one was left standing at the edge of the battle. The men, horizontal, wept in fox holes.


The sky sings rain to green and clean us.


I sent you many letters, 26 to be exact, A-Z. Why won’t you read—are you lazy, bored, or afraid?


Facebook creates community yet procrastinates people. The happy medium? Yes, for everything: the steadying branch you whittle and own.


When I grow up, I want to be a lunch box that children open, peer inside.


I have told all the others.


Why can’t you determine the real me of three and show me—hold the mirror up and see yourself?


I swear I see you there—hiding—in your skin as if you belonged.


I am writing many sentences. I am writing. Many. There are sandwiches for everyone. Yes, a picnic in the rain. Bring your sadness. Bring your laughter and surprise. We will be wise again. I promise.

(c) 2013 by Krysia Jopek

Krysia Jopek’s poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Phoebe, Murmur, Windhover, and Artists & Influence. She has written reviews of poetry for The American Book Review and a review of literary criticism for The Wallace Stevens Journal. Maps and Shadows, her first novel (Aquila Polonica 2010), won a Silver Benjamin Franklin award in 2011 in the category of Historical Fiction. The Glass House of Forgetting, her second novel (literary fiction), is forthcoming.