October 10, 2014

Sheepskin by Martin Willitts Jr.



Sheepskin by Andrew Wythe



Sheepskin
            1973 

She is wearing a thick sheepskin winter coat
on the hottest day, 
posing for me, still as wallpaper
in the kitchen 
as she sits on a stool.

It is unbearably hot.  
July sets the skin on fire.
The air is so heavy with moisture
it cannot move.

She does not complain.
She knows what this means to me.

She prays for me to end this.
Like a person wanting to break it off.
She holds the promises to be quick about it.
She holds the silence in her hand
like it was a plum.

If God has an answer for her prayers,
I cannot hear it.
I am too busy being light and shadows.

I am too busy to notice the rest of the world.




This poem is from a collection of poems based on the Andrew Wythe "Helga" collection.  Martin Willitts Jr is the winner of the Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award, in honor of the 100 centennial. He is the author of 6 full-length collections including national ecological winner "Searching for What Is Not There" (Hiraeth Press. 2013) and 28 chapbooks including contest winner "William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man" (Red Ochre Press, 2014). He has been in Poppy Road many times. 

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