Saturday, June 06, 2020


Dear Readers in Cyber Space.

If you have found yourself on this site, my apology for funky formatting. I am in the process of sorting it all out.

Stay well in these perilous times.

Jacqueline Gens, old lady poet
June 6, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

Year of the Metal Rat

Behold the brazen strut 
From high-minded bigmouths
Amid sharp-shooters
And illusory masters of material gain
Smart know-it-alls before lesser peers

Beware that molten hook of unkindness
The sting of your indifference
Your bold lies
As visible as your ratty tail

Take a moment and mingle your mind
In the vast expanse of openness
Simply forget yourself and take
A leap into the greater good

Text by Jacqueline Gens
Illustration by Ingmar Pema Dechen

Friday, December 27, 2019

Season's Greeting

The Light of the world is Love
Shinning forth
Outside time
With no other aim
Than creative display

The Light of the world is Love
Beyond boundaries
In the great expanse of Space
Incomprehensible Presence
Not a place

The Light of the world is Love
Heals all hurts


Best Wishes from Jacqueline
December 2019

Photo by Marit Cranmer, 2019

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

More April Birthday Poems

Lama Lena is one of my favorite Western Buddhist Teachers. Here is my homage to her on her April 1 birthday:

Lama Lena
Fortress of Knowledge
Soft hearted warrior
with razor sharp mind
Secret emissary of Guru Rinpoche
We fortunate ones love 
the feral rove of your transversing 
unchartered pathways
illuminating our journey across 
the great reef of ignorance
to awaken minds
We bow down to you fearless one
May your life force be strengthened
May we meet you again and again
through our travels
Today we celebrate your birth 
in all its wondrous display of artistry 
and joyful sustenance
Thank you beloved friend and teacher

Today April 2 is poet Anne Waldman's Birthday. She was born in the Year of the Wood Rooster and I composed this with her in mind as part of my Losar series. 

Photo of Anne at an AWP conference 2010 taken by me

Such iridescent display
Cockadoodiling us awake
Each day without fail
As reliable as the sun
you rise to summon forth
Bright scrys of portend
Acuity for the larger meanings in the scheme
Of so-called phenomena
Beneficent scribe to the downcast
Outsiders, end stop
You set the bar high
A million hands in the fire
No task too daunting

Harbinger of new, always fresh
Our number one

This work is part of my Losar series with original art by Ingmar Pema Dechen. Many of my poet/writer friends are Wood Roosters including Verandah Porche and Richard Wizansky

Verandah another Wood Rooster poet

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Last Toast by Anna Akhmatova with a copy cat version by Jacqueline Gens

In recent months I started using favorite poems as writing prompts. Here is another selection with my copy-cat version inspired by the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. I was first introduced to the Russian poets in my early teens as the first English translations were emerging. While living in New York I was able to purchase their books in Russian which I asked my mother Olga Pakidova to read in the original. I was happy to see Ilya and Katie's translation --two fine writers who taught in the New England College MFA program I co-directed. 

The Last Toast translated by Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris

I drink to our ruined house
To the evil of my life
To our loneliness together
And I drink to you—
To the lying lips that have betrayed us,
To the dead-cold eyes,
To the fact that the world is brutal and coarse
To the fact that God did not save us.


Born in Odessa, Anna Akhmatova is one of the four most important Russian poets of the 20th century, others being Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva and Pasternak. She was associated with the Akhmeism movement.

The Toast (my Copy Cat) 

I drink to ruined lives
Ignorant grief mongers
To broken heartedness
And I drink to you ---
With your reptilian eyes

Jacqueline Gens
March 20-29, 2019
Highland Village