Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Ritual by Martin Willitts Jr.

the sky is vapor 
the occurrence of stars is resigned 
to be covered by high humidity
down here we cannot see the evidence
although grass browns
and goes dormant
all of this is darkly beautiful
even when the stars are obliterated
we dare to call this Life
a millennia of civilizations have fallen
not one ever harvested peace
not one was beyond ruin
we have spent our lives in disarray
loosening more and more of our heart
we begin with forgetting and then
a blue calf whale surfaces near our boat
descending in an arc leaving a trail of water
sending gulls into total madness

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).

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