Beautiful Jakob Lays in His Beautiful Bed

Jackson Holbert

Beautiful Jakob
            lays in
his beautiful
            bed. Above

the bed
            beautiful birds.

Jakob won’t
            sleep won’t sleep.

            Jesus lord Jesus

those whole
            years I

had all
            the pills

I wanted.

     Jesus lord Jesus
            the trees

in me
            are dying

or worse
            they’re growing.

Jackson Holbert was born and raised in eastern Washington and currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he is a Michener Fellow. His work has appeared in FIELDThe Nation, and Best New Poets