Blue Angel

By on Nov 16, 2014 in Poetry

Blue Angels in formation superimposed over backgammon board.

After the Blue Angels on Sunday bursting
between buildings at North Avenue Beach,
whipping sound like circular thunder around
Lake Michigan, smooth and menacing as sharks,
dipping jetwings like fins as they screech past
each other from opposite sides of the lake almost
colliding from where we watch but thin as sideways
angel fish above the still boats, your behavior
on Monday afternoon wasn’t so bad, talking
a blue streak, gesticulating a wingspread
in your yellow shirt ideas smooth as metal and
mercurial, too slippery to refute. Tonight you will
bike home from work, as usual, eat the lasagna
I’ve prepared, then, after dinner, sit across from me,
subdued, as you quietly select the next position
for your backgammon piece on the checkered
game board.


Jan Ball teaches ESL at DePaul University in Chicago. Since she started submitting poems for publication in 1998, 159 of her poems have been published in journals such as: Atlanta Review, Connecticut Review, Gargoyle, Iodine Poetry Review, and Nimrod. She published her two chapbooks: accompanying spouse (2011) and Chapter of Faults (2014) with Finishing Line Press. They are available on Amazon. Jan is a member of the Poetry Club of Chicago. Besides writing poetry, Jan wrote a dissertation at the University of Rochester in 1996: "Age and Natural Order in Second Language Acquisition." When not writing, teaching, or gardening, Jan and her husband travel and like to cook for friends.