Two Dirt Roads by Jacqueline Jules

Two Dirt Roads

Jacqueline Jules

The pavement abruptly ended
at two dirt roads
winding off beneath blue skies,
dotted with feathery clouds
in question mark shapes.

Both choices too narrow
with too many ruts and stones.
Yet one had a trace more sunlight
swirling in the dust.

Closing my eyes, I hit the gas,
knowing I’d be a pillar of salt
if I looked back.

About the Author

Jacqueline Jules is the author of the poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press) and Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications). Her work has appeared in 120 publications including Inkwell, Killing the Angel, Lowestoft Chronicle, Soundings Review, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, Potomac Review, Imitation Fruit, Calyx, Broadkill River Review, and Pirene’s Fountain. She is also the author of 30 books for young readers including the Zapato Power series and Never Say a Mean Word Again. Visit her online at