• Poetry Out Loud Celebrates its 10th National Finals, April 28-29, 2015: Join Us Online via Live Webcast and Social Media

    Poetry Out Loud Celebrates its 10th National Finals, April 28-29, 2015: Join Us Online via Live Webcast and Social Media
  • Get Involved! Hear what students and teachers have to say about Poetry Out Loud.

    Get Involved! Hear what students and teachers have to say about Poetry Out Loud.
  • And introducing your 2014 POL Champs...

    And introducing your 2014 POL Champs...
  • Meet 2014 National Champ Anita Norman!

    Meet 2014 National Champ Anita Norman!
Josephine  Jacobsen

Josephine Jacobsen

Josephine Jacobsen was born in Ontario, Canada and educated at Roland Park Country School by private tutors. She published her first poem at the age of ten in a children’s magazine and continued to publish poems, short stories, and literary

The Animals
by Josephine Jacobsen

At night, alone, the animals came and shone.
The darkness whirled but silent shone the animals:   
The lion the man the calf the eagle saying   
Sanctus which was and is and is to come.

The sleeper watched the people at the waterless wilderness’ edge;   
The wilderness was made of granite, of thorn, of death,   
It was the goat which lightened the people praying.