SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

Counting the Weeper's Rings

Swaying in tree

pose     invoking ability

to quell shaking limbs,


I question years of narrow

rings     future possibilities

of wide ones in-between.


I breathe-in     realign

bend to chronic thirst

skip warrior III, exhaling


stronger children

in eucalyptus & western

red cedar     hiding


them in willow hair

before we drop

to corpse pose.

Julie “Jules” Jacob is a contemporary poet who often writes about dichotomous conditions and relationships among humans and the natural world. Her poems are recently featured or forthcoming in Plume Poetry, The Tishman Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Rust + Moth, Yes Poetry and elsewhere. She’s the author of The Glass Sponge, a semi-finalist in the New Women’s Voices Series (Finishing Line Press) and a resident of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Poetry Workshop. Visit julesjacob.com.

First Learned, Last Lost

Cleaning Out