Martin Willitts Jr

In Issue 5 on January 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Afterwards, What Remains

And in the end,
she did what most of us do:
she accented to a different will,
and stepped out of this world
into another, gracefully,
like her silence
was practice
for her next journey
where we all go eventually.
Her smile,
the last thing she left behind.

So much is still unsaid,
so many tasks
for someone else who will,

Some wonder what happens next.
So many have so many ideas,
so many avoid as much as possible,
and in the end,
the end comes anyway.

We can cry, and many will,
but she has left us a message.
It is right there in our lives
and we can witness to it
any time we choose.

It is what we leave behind
that matters.


Martin Willitts Jr recent poems appeared in Naugatuck River Review, MiPOesias,, Muse Café, and Caper Journal. He was recently nominated for two Best of The Net awards and his 5th Pushcart award. He has an online interview (issue 8). He has four new chapbooks: “The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses” (Pudding House Publications, 2010), “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for Cezanne” (Finishing Line Press, 2010), “True Simplicity” (Poets Wear Prada Press, 2011), and “Art Is Always an Impression of What an Artist Sees” (Muse Café, 2011).

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