The Jumper by James P. Roberts

He is visible
Behind the woman
Taking a selfie
With the Golden Gate bridge
In the background.

A tiny dot
Like a wounded crow
In the wide space
Of blue sky.

The steel spans frame
His descent
While she smiles
Unaware that in the next

Second, a geyser will fount
And she will be
Tomorrow’s Internet moment.



James P. Roberts is the author of four previous poetry collections. He has also written and published books in the fields of fantasy and science fiction, literary biography and baseball history. Recent work has appeared in Blue Heron Review and in a Madison Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition. James lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he is active in literary organizations and has a passion for women’s flat-track roller derby.