February 21, 2019

During the Darkest Day / Nothing Happening by Martin Willitts Jr.

During the Darkest Day

Although winter solstice is upon me,
darkening every corner of my house,
there is always ambient light, a flicker,

a wavering of love, a greening of house plants,
a nub on a tree waiting to become a leaf,
a sparrow darning light through
to the feeder, a whimpering of snowflakes.

Nothing Happening

they say nothing happens
but early dew-light
shudders low leaves

seasons are restless
like sparrow wings
whispering in flight

light flashes upwards
rubbing the deep sleep
from the sky

if left alone
the earth will return
to its natural state

intermingling larkspur
and daylights of sunflowers
their power to surprise

an outbreak of strewn leaves
try to escape
looping away

into the burgeoning last light
pretending to be streaking birds
and they say nothing ever happens

Martin Willitts Jr is a retired Librarian. He has over 20 chapbooks, plus 15 full-length collections  His most recent chapbook is "You Enter, and It All Falls Apart" (Flutter Press, 2019). 

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