May 29, 2014

Two Poems by Martin Willitts Jr.

Painting by Georgia O'Keefe




















From the Lake
            1924
  
A storm is moving in.
Storm windows move to the rhythm
across Lake George.
The storm slinks over a hill
reducing wildflowers to abstraction.

What emerges is survival,
the ability to withstand.
The way wind can explode.
The way it can hide.


Painting by Georgia O'Keefe





















Horse’s Skull with White Rose
        1931  

This rose, could be any rose,
but it’s this rose
she chose over other roses

small details are important —
the reins loosening petals, the air
no longer the same air —

details change, space and shape change,
decisions which view to make,
what is important

this horse was here before the rose,
when it died
it was lost in the small details




Martin Willitts Jr has 6 full-length collections of poems including national eco-poetry contest "Searching for What Is Not There" (Hiraeth Press, 2013) and "Before Anything, There Was Mystery" (Flutter Press, 2014), plus over 20 chapbooks including contest winner :William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man" (Red Ochre Press, 2014).

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