Life Wants Life by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Life wants to begin. Corn left uncobbed still
Sprouts. Bulbs buried in deep holes seek the light.
Burrs cling, maples whirl, grasses droop in still
Air to help their seeded heads find the right
Spot and throw themselves back into the ground.
Great forests start this way, each tree a nut
That grew and duly fell and somehow found
The impetus to put out root, to put
Out stem, to muster trunk and branch and sets
Of leaves with nothing more than rain, dirt, sun…
The ancient farmers were right to suspect
That hidden deep inside of every one
Of their seeds was something else, closely in
Keeping with magic, waiting to begin.



Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poetry has appeared in many places, including 14 by 14, The Alabama Literary Review, The Lyric, Able Muse, The Raintown Review, Sugar Mule, Mezzo Cammin, The Flea, Quatrain Fish, Soundzine, Poemeleon, qarrtsiluni, Autumn Sky Poetry, Umbrella, The Chimaera, Fickle Muses, Postcard Poems and Prose, Caduceus: The Poets at Art Place Vol 8 (Yale University), The Best of the Barefoot Muse (Barefoot Pub), Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions (Marion Street Press) along with many other venues–both in print and in pixel.

Juleigh was shortlisted for both the Morton Marr and the Angels and Devils Poetry Prize (Holland Park Press), and has been nominated for the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Her fourth and most recent formal poetry collection is Remind Me (Ancient Cypress Press).