Joy – Jenny Benjamin

It could happen once:
The sky an explosion
Of motorcycle throttle
Start, the day washed silver
Gleam, the almost dark
Pushed back by glowing
Orange, and though he’s
Worn construction orange,
This sky is his bliss-
Wide enough to strive for
And wishful enough to hope
He could harness it into a box
Decorated with horse trots
And saddle for his daughter.
The green of his day, fields
Unfurling out the cab window,
A landscape flash-flicking to dim
On his eyelashes like sun sinking
Behind children in the last of the
Summer sprinkler spray and mist,
His mind humming while driving,
On music notes, in the laughter
Of hugs, ones he holds longer
Than a blink, more of a hint,
Because joy comes in the moment
And just after.

Jenny BenjaminJenny Benjamin is the owner of her freelance writing business JB Communications, LLC. She is also a part-time English teacher at NOVA Tech high school. Over thirty of her poems have appeared in journals, including DIAGRAM, South Carolina Review, Fulcrum, Baltimore Review, Chelsea, and the Crab Orchard Review. Her first novel, This Most Amazing, was published in 2013 by Armida Books in Nicosia, Cyprus. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her three daughters and dog.