Choosing What to Say
I must have fritted away a dozen chores today,
inattentive to their insistent need.
I watched a stunned fly waver and die.
Every word that needed to be said remains unsaid.
There is luxury in entering the Stillness,
quiet like the building of a bird’s nest.
That silence tells me what I need to know.
I’ve learned the value of completing tasks.
When I was sixteen, a friend had a cardiac arrest,
dying mid-sentence. At seventeen, I witnessed
thousands die in Vietnam. At each death,
a vacuum is created, and emptiness filled it.
Nighttime swirls above my house,
bringing every word that should have been said.
I need to construct words
like foundation stones,
to use words that strengthen and console.
(Martin Willitts Jr, edits the Comstock Review.. His 25 chapbooks include the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 21 full-length collections including Blue Light Award “The Temporary World”. His current book includes “Harvest Time” (Deerbrook Editions, 2021).
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