The answer is not worth hearing;
it burns like release.
Crows devour the response
and then strike out, darkness scattering
as feathers of rain.
And yes, this life can mean even less. It can be mean.
It can bring intangible darkness and blankness.
Eventually, some of us might emerge renewed, and
yes, again yes, after night comes down,
we will face it with trepidation or awe, knowing
we are not alone in all of this after all.
Martin Willitts Jr forthcoming poetry books include “Dylan Thomas and the Writer’s Shed” (FutureCycle Press, 2017), “Nasturtiums in Snow Understand Green Is Coming” (Foothills Press, 2017), “Three Ages of Women” (Deerbrook Editions, 2017), “Martin Willitts Jr Greatest Hits” (Kattywompus Press), and Turtle Island Editor’s Choice Award for his chapbook, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press).