First the settlers’ dream
to build a home.
Later the immigrants dreamed
of two-bedroom apartments
about the availability of showers.
Some came naked.
Some came with clothing but sold their clothing
for a bag of seeds
from trees back home.
And they planted their children in the new way,
showering them with allowances
and enlisting them in public education.
Some joined the army.
only their own gravestones.
In spring they bore a name etched into rock.
My name is Jacob.
I am the grandchild of second-hand dreams.
Jacob Oet lives in Solon, Ohio. He has loved writing and making images since he was little. Jacob’s poetry and images appear in The New Verse News, The Jet Fuel Review, Superstition Review, H.O.D., and OVS Magazine.
Student by choice, Jacob Oet is never sure which language he speaks. You may spot him in a park, forest or beach, with planted feet, arms stretched up and shaking in a breeze. But don’t let him see you; he likes to sing to strangers. He takes photos of snow, and hates winter.