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Martin Willitts Jr

In Issue 8 on November 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

“When everything that ticked — has stopped —“Emily Dickinson, # 510

It is not anything that stopped; but me.
It was not Death’s hearse of autumn leaves
slowing down to find my Last Testament.

If I made the smallest dent, I hope it was with Love.
Nothing in this reflective silence is long enough.
Nothing stops ticking in order to speak of me.

I came into the world with nothing except in Love
and I leave behind nothing of value except Love.
Love — Love never stops. It keeps on going.

Psalm

“Solitude shared” — Thomas Aquinas

Re-acquaint yourself with your surroundings.
Visit each day a-new. Tremor at the occasional—

This is not just for you, unless you search it,
willing to share it — its hushed alertness.

Does the wonder shifting the intention of creation,
force you to stop and observe what is there,

all along — the meaning of what is, is here.
It is up to you to find it, and relinquish to it.

Will we find the struggle? Or, the survival?
Will we find that which will humble us?

The earth has its own way of speaking,
if only we hear it, even in its silence.

Sometimes there are more than words
present. Then, there is reciprocal empathy.

Are we worthy? Something we can know
without necessarily experiencing it.

Something we do not need our senses to know.
We just know it; our heart bursting knowing it —

the immanence and transcendence, where spirit lives,
where you do not have to go to, to get there.

Even the smallest sliver of ice contains this voice;
even if it suddenly went into flame because of it.

***

Martin Willitts Jr has had seven poetry chapbooks accepted this year including “True Simplicity” (Poets Wear Prada Press, 2011), “My Heart Is Seven Wild Swans Lifting” (Slow Trains, 2011), “Why Women Are A Ribbon Around A Bomb” (Last Automat, 2011), “Art Is Always an Impression of What an Artist Sees” (Muse Café, 2011), “Protest, Petition, Write, Speak: Matilda Joslyn Gage Poems” (Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, 2011), How To Find Peace” (Kattywumpus Press, 2011), and “Secrets No One Wants To Talk About” (Dos Madres Press, 2011).

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