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Mark Jackley decorative flourish Against Ambition

Good riddance, black-eyed gypsy,

with your silver pots clattering

on the wagon, glinting in the sun.

I’d rather be a tree nodding

at the caravan, filled with crickets

chanting, We belong—the old advice

not to forsake the path but,

slowly sinking roots,

arms raised heavenward,

bridging sky and earth, become it.

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Mark Jackley is an ad writer by day and poet whenever he finds the time. Fortunately, that’s pretty often. He works and lives in the Washington, DC, area and has a wonderful five-year-old daughter, plus three cats. His poems have appeared in small presses including Alba, Evergreen Review, Poesy and The Antietam Review.