National Poetry Month Day 17: “Cinnamon Swirl” by Jessica Inácio ’11

Cinnamon Swirl
after Yusef Komunyakaa’s “You and I are Disappearing”

My mind spins with thoughts of
that girl, who is still whirling
in my mind. At dawn

she spins like a teetotum.
Like a spinning wheel or
the needle of a compass, she spins.
She whirls like stainless steel beaters
on a nine-speed hand mixer.

We watch with our eyes
wide open,
while she spins

like the Enigma tornado outbreak.
She spins like the vision
of a drunken teenager or
the Wheel of Fortune.
She swirls like
chocolate fudge,

on a vanilla soft serve cone.
A searchlight around a museum
after closing.
She spins like a Disneyworld teacup.
Like the eggshell white blades
on Don Quixote’s windmill.
She spins like dandelion seeds
that a child pulls from its stem
and throws into the air.



Jessica Inácio graduated from Bucknell in May of 2011 with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. She is currently living and working in Nicaragua as a volunteer coordinator with the Jubilee House Community, which hosts the Bucknell Brigades.


4 thoughts on “National Poetry Month Day 17: “Cinnamon Swirl” by Jessica Inácio ’11

  1. Lovely! I like the image of the Disney teacups and the dandelion seeds in the wind. Also, I did the Bucknell Brigade while at Bucknell–in January 2007. It is so cool that you are living there now! All the best, Jessica.

  2. Reblogged this on nicalibre12 and commented:
    This is a poem I submitted to the Bucknell Afterword. I wrote it in high school for Ms. Carpenter’s poetry class. I don’t typically like to share any kind of my writing publicly but, if I can grow a pair and submit it to their blog, it takes only a little more courage to put it on mine. Here it is; I hope you enjoy it.

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