December 6, 2013

Calling the Entire Family, Seeing How They Are by Martin Willitts Jr.

Outside is where the wildness stays.
We lock the door, look in dark closets,
make sure the coast is clear,
the moon is a lighthouse beacon,
and the unfamiliar keeps to itself.
Once the house settles, it sighs
a crack on the wall, near the crossbeam
holding up what wants to bear down.
Sometimes, the wild is nothing more
than wind, or imagination;
but other times, other unsettling times,
the wild grows darker,
devouring small house lights, one at a time,
moving toward this safe house
which now feels unsafe.
We wait for the wildness to move on.

Martin Willitts Jr won the 2013 national contest for ecological collection, "Searching for What Is Not There" (Hiraeth Press). 

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