John Harper


Jumping Inside

i’m only as old as my new story,
and it’s just beginning—
i’m having the time of my life;
manifest destiny is kicking out of me;
harm is unmangling itself;
there’s one way to be, and it’s always been anyway;
now i see its patient truth;
my next million years
are to be glowing to the core;

even the tiniest inkling contains
a universe of potential understanding;
even the most painful darkness is an expanse
wherein kindness and compassion
can’t wait to explore—so come on in;
i’m clearing my schedule
for the rest of this lifetime—


John Harper: Some of John Harper’s poems have been published by literary journals like DIAGRAM, Five Quarterly, Mid-American Poetry Review, and Cutbank. His chapbook, Peek-a-Boo Terrain, was published by Little Partner Press in 2005. He graduated from the University of Iowa’s MFA program in 2001. He doesn’t know what life’s for, but is enjoying it all the same.


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MadHat, Issue 15, Winter 2013-2014