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Jones, A.L. (2009). Jelly Jar. Psychoanal. Perspect., 6(1):85-85.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 6(1):85-85

Jelly Jar

Annie Lee Jones, Ph.D.

Jelly jar, jelly jar

I close my eyes and see me running along the river's edge, sporting the swampy patches in the sweet grass long before I have to broad-jump keeping pace with the slap of the murky water against the river's edge

Missus' husband home too early, she managed to rush me off my knees swabbing her kitchen floor clean with rags fresh from the clothesline just like she like,

To my feet,

Pushed through the screen door, almost falling to my knees

Landing in my just-swept dirt,

On your feet, gal, and git!

I knew my two dollars was lost for today's work,

I knew to run like the wind through the back pea patch,

Over the woodpile,

Down to the river, he could never catch me now,

I know my way over the highway

To the bottom and almost home

Anyway, my jelly jar feels whole as I run my hand across its smooth edges, no cracks at all

Jelly jar safe in my apron pocket

Put away long before missus came back from the porch

No two dollars for a day's work

Knuckles raw from scrub board work

Working me to the last minute,

Just before Mr. Man's dust from his truck sends advance signals up the road

No two dollars for a day's work

Running long and running hard

Jelly jar is still there

home in sight

Soon enough

jars for everyone

Come suppertime tonight.

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