Born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Norma C. Jenckes (PhD. Illinois) has written poems since childhood—her secret pleasure – and published them since college. DEMENTIA: THIS UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, (Blackstone River Press, 2013) is her first collection of poetry and she hopes it is not her last.
She appreciates the free and open access that ORIGAMI provides. A produced playwright, Norma taught drama and dramatic writing at Bryant University, the University of Cincinnati and Union Institute and University. She now divides her time between Pawtucket and Green Hill where she lives with her husband, Yashdip.
► Norma's Origami micro-chapbook & selected poem are available below.
Cover from ‘Portrait of an Unknown Woman’
1527—Joos Van Cleve
The Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Take The Long Count
You are going to get knocked down.
Yes, you are, life will knock you down.
You just over swing — lose your balance
Trip yourself up—sure he’s also pounding on you.
But you meet the canvas.
Don’t jump to your feet to show that
You can—that it was all some bad mistake.
No, lay there, take the long count, stay still
Breathe, enjoy the little rest.
At eight begin to get up very slowly
Stand and shuffle a bit, let the Ref
Look you over, check you out.
Don’t run towards the guy
Who is dying to finish you off.
You’re finished with dying.
Norma Jenckes © 2014