Bubble Making, by Rebecca Macijeski

I draw colors up from the basin
watching soap become its own ephemeral globe.
Lingering trees and swing sets
swirl along the surface of those brief undulations.
The end of the bubbles, their translation
from sunlit planets to quickening absences,
marks a passage into their own celestial past.
I set my hands in the soap to feel the tension
from surface to surface, something like
saliva gathered from dozens of extinguishings.
Sometimes I can catch it—the gentle
spurting at the end of a world. Other times I’ll rest one
on the curved horizon of my palm, holding
until the moment when
the transparent earth sparks home.


Rebecca Macijeski received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011 and is currently studying toward a PhD in Poetry at University of Nebraska—Lincoln where she serves as an Assistant Editor in Poetry for Hunger Mountain and Prairie Schooner. Some of her recent work has been featured as part of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, and she is a recipient of a 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She has attended artist residencies with The Ragdale Foundation and Art Farm Nebraska. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rappahannock Review, Storyscape, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Whiskey Island, Fickle Muses, Phantom Drift, Border Crossing, Fourteen Hills, and others.

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