Jake Sheff

Jake Sheff
is a pediatrician in Oregon and veteran of the US Air Force. He’s married with a daughter and six pets. Poems of Jake’s are in Radius, The Ekphrastic Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Cossack Review and elsewhere. He won 1st place in the 2017 SFPA speculative poetry contest and a Laureate’s Choice prize in the 2019 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. Past poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and the Pushcart Prize. His chapbook is “Looting Versailles” (Alabaster Leaves Publishing).


By the Waters of Senseless Spontaneity, Zion Weeps for Human Nature

Thunder eggs made CO2 coo; their second
Shakespeare isn’t real. You’re the doctor; time keeps
Very still these days, don’t you think? The cure for
Envy – constructive

Death – arrives, beyond true and false, too late. Its
Bones are orthodox to the bone; destructive
Friends. A Russo-Japanese war, like you, is
Funny and handsome:

Qualities not everyone’s born with. It de-
Pends on how you look at it, Major. Self-de-
Fense destroys you. Drop what you’re doing! Under-
Lying assumptions,

(Only for the few), are like places I will
Show you. Sheep may safely spoof grazing over
Here. Nerines play CH4 and SO-
4 like a shofar!

God’s at every party tonight; tomorrow,
Rex, in every partisan. Small officials
Need a head; it’s smoking a cigarette of
Added significance.

Gifted clerks’ and typists’ predictions, lacking
Pictures of an oak tree’s convictions, copy
Unforgiving integers, tramps and introns:
Fatty deposits;

Wouldn’t you say, Archilochus? Spot-on despots
Did an irreducibly complex spot on
Peaches last night, labeled it “4 each flavor,”
Meaning, “Till next time!”

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