Bottomland forests at the low end
drenched by breathless rise,
hard wood is saturated,
absorbs what is given, and taken.
Hidden small life finds sanctuary
for the temporary.
Survival depends on adaptability —
the ecosystem supports or
it fails — each finding a connection.
Insects carry seeds under a thicket of leaves.
Some accidental planting happens.
Hundreds of butterflies burst out into light —
surprising noise! silence had been accumulating
like blue herons becoming cumulus,
breathless as the land finding bottom.
Martin Willitts Jr is a frequent guest at Poppy Road. He has 6 full-length books of poetry including national winner, "Searching for What is Not There" (Hiraeth Press, 2013), as well as recently, "Before Anything, There Was Mystery" (Flutter Press, 2014). He is also the author of over 20 chapbooks including national winner, "William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man" (Red Ochre Pres, forthcoming).