Vase with Honesty
Based on the Van Gogh painting, 1884–85
Lunaria, or Honesty flowers, are also commonly called "Money Plants"
With honesty, I can say, I love flowers,
the flash and flesh of colors, the softness
of their words, comforting as a violin solo.
When darkness is gone, there are flowers.
When the rain subsides into subdued cadence,
there is the singing of bees like falling coins.
I need nothing more. The morning can extinguish
and I still have a vase of fresh white bulbs
to tell me the truths of this world.
Martin Willitts Jr. third full length collection of poetry is available and is based on the life and poems of Emily Dickinson, "The Heart Knows, Simply, What It Wants" (Aldrich Press, 2012). He also released three chapbooks in 2012.