Poetry Pub

Here at the Poetry Pub you will find examples of the poetry of Jeff Reeve. Some of the poems will include illustrations, either photos or art works. In some cases the illustration inspired the poem, and in some the poem inspired the illustration. Creativity has many outlets and inlets.           

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a song for barbara 

   The poem was inspired by boxes (the silence without you) a set of paintings by Barbara Monicelli . 





    a few of the boxes from: 
    boxes (the silence without you) 
      by Barbara Monacelli
  •  i see you there

     across the room

     standing in a box


     baring your hurting soul to mine

     as i awaken into a dream

     feeling the silence of your scream

     feeling it resonate within the walls

     hearing only the drop of a tear

     as it slowly travels to the edge

     of your trembling lips

     before tumbling down

     into the box


     a box created and once filled with

     moments of love

     exciting exaltations of passion

     joyous laughter

     warming comfort

     tender communions and

     flirtatious little smiles

     a box now empty

     except for you


     and those memories floating

     on the teardrops shed by you

     in the silence of the night


     for the whisper of an intimate breath

     for the sound of a lover’s footstep

     for the gentle singing of a song of love

     but only a single heart beat breaks

     the silence of the night

     and then i see you collapse

     enfold yourself into the box

     as the dawn breaks

     as i awaken from a dream

     i see you wrap yourself up

     creating a designer box of love

     a present for your next lover


     as i open my eyes

     i imagine a slight glow

     a moment of sparkling light

     where you should be standing

     as i open my eyes

     a single tear releases from my lash

     sketching a pathway down my cheek

     to flavor the hint of a smile

     rising on my lips

     a smile knowing you will

     in a mended time

     reopen the box


     Jeff Reeve

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Come enjoy an evening of poetry downtown, at the Joplin Avenue Coffee Company on the third Monday of each month. Located at 506 S. Joplin Ave., Joplin, Missouri.  Starting at 6:00pm with an invited, published poet reading some of their poetry. Then at about 7:00pm there is an open microphone for anyone with a desire to share a poem or more. Sign up for one of the ten, five minute slots. No meetings in January and July.


I am Jeff Reeve, a professional writer, poet, and photographer. I reside in Joplin, Missouri.