“Looking for Horns” by Jacqueline Jules

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Looking for Horns

She still remembers a classmate,
fifty years ago, who asked
to feel her head for Jewish horns.

It was Memphis. Not surprising
for that time and that place.

If they were to meet today.
Two white haired ladies
miles from Memphis.
Would apologies be offered
for words only one

Not likely. She’s lived
her life with a scalp
searched many times
over the years.

It’s sore
but she’s survived.


JJulesWebPicJacqueline Jules is the author of three chapbooks including Itzhak Perlman’s Broken Stringwinner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press. Her work has appeared in over 100 publications including The Paterson Literary ReviewCider Press Review, and Potomac Review.