By Martin Willitts Jr
When darkness-filled madness
shudders trees, spreading into each leaf,
it’s a wonder if any of us would be left
standing as a barometer of stillness —
not shaken, not lost. Whatever radiance
we have had would leave us, we’d feel
abandoned, lost in an impression of voices
no one ever hears.
Surely, our bones would turn blue
from this churning. The sun
would clamp down on the remaining music
trying desperately to release such anguish.
Martin Willitts Jr has 24 chapbooks including the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 11 full-length collections including The Uncertain Lover (Dos Madres Press, 2018) and Home Coming Celebration (FutureCycle Press, 2019).
Editor’s note: Martin’s poem will appear in a new release by Red Wolf Editions, Time Is A River Without Banks, an Ekphrastic Poetry edition. If you wish to submit, you can do so by end February 2019. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org Submission guidelines here.