May 6, 2015

Two Poems by Martin Willitts Jr.

Field Study
 
            1.
 
In the threshold of a field
wading birds find water
unwavering in need
from their body
 
*
 
I bring a sketch pad and pencil 
to study the memory of love
the skin of leaves
blue-green wildflowers
birds breaking into shadows 
 
            *
 
Water is dreaming 
wavering tree reflections
where truth is distorted as memory
sprouting heron wings
 
a frog extends its legs pushing water
like a woman emptying of bird songs




Horse in a Field
 
A horse is in the twilight field 
like peonies tangled in nightshirts.
When it got to where it was going,
it nuzzled sugar like it was burrs.
It was like the fear of fingerprints.
But the horse was not theoretical.
It was the promise that was.





Martin Willitts Jr has had poems in Centrifugal Eye, Stone Canoe, Kentucky Review, Blue Fifth Review, Poppy Road Review, Comstock Review, and others. He won the International Dylan Thomas Poetry Award (2014) for the centennial. He has over 20 chapbooks and 8 full-length collections of poetry. His forthcoming books include Martin Willitts Jr, Greatest Hits” (Kattywompus Press), “How to Be Silent” (FutureCycle Press), “God Is Not Amused With What You Are Doing In Her Name” (Aldrich Press), and “Hearing the Inaudible” (Poetica Publishing).

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