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A Life of Yellow Squares
Jacqueline Jules


I donít write lists. I put up sticky notes.
On the wall beside my desk.
Yellow squares remind me
to buy raspberries, call the plumber,
reschedule the dentist, prepare
for a Monday morning meeting.
Each note bears bold black letters
printed with a Sharpie so I can read
it at a glance and be enticed
to tend to a task, waiting
like a lover on a lawn chair.

Itís such a sweet pleasure,
to reach over and pull down a note.

I wonder if the scientist at 3M,
who tried to invent a strong adhesive
and by happy accident found
a lighter reusable one, ever imagined
my wall of yellow squares.

Or how I judge my days
by how many sticky notes
Iíve unstuck.

© by Jacqueline Jules.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Jacqueline Jules is a former librarian who found herself intrigued by almost every book she put on the shelf.† As a reader and as a writer, she doesnít restrict herself to one genre. She is the author of 50 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics, including two poetry books for young readers,Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence(Albert Whitman, 2020), andSmoke at the Pentagon: Poems to Remember(Bushel & Peck, 2023). Jacqueline is also the author of four poetry books for adults, including a collection of biblically inspired poems,Manna in the Morning(Kelsay Books, 2021). After 26 years in Virginia, she moved to Long Island to be closer to her grandchildren. Learn more about her


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So many notes, so little time! Love this. Mine are scattered all over my desk, in pants pockets, etc. An exercise in futility.
Posted 04/06/2024 03:48 AM
Lori Levy:
Love the image of your "wall of yellow squares" and how you "judge my days/by how many sticky notes/I've unstuck."
Posted 04/05/2024 12:56 PM
michael escoubas:
Delightful, Jacqueline. I just crossed-off an entry from my handwritten "to do" list.
Posted 04/05/2024 10:15 AM
Delightful, entertaining piece~~one that resonates with me!
Posted 04/05/2024 10:13 AM
Leslie Hodge:
Fun poem, and I agree, the line "waiting / like a lover in a lawn chair" is fabulous!
Posted 04/05/2024 09:56 AM
Amen sister ! :)
Posted 04/05/2024 09:11 AM
I agree "waiting like a lover on a lawn chair" is wonderful writing.
Posted 04/05/2024 08:03 AM
Larry Schug:
How my wife wishes I was a "note person" of any kind. This poem explains her point of view a little better. Thanks, I needed that.
Posted 04/05/2024 07:46 AM
Just this morning I unstuck a yellow note from my bedside table. I love your wall of yellow squares!
Posted 04/05/2024 07:22 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I'm a fan of Jacqueline Jules. I love this charming delightful poem. Favorite line: waiting like a lover on a lawn chair.
Posted 04/05/2024 07:21 AM

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