Everywhere between heaven and earth is fragile.
Fear could tendril like vines, if we let it.
It is too easy to surrender, too comfortable
to be depressed; harder to transmute
into particles of light when expressing love,
but that is what is needed. All of this earth-swell,
this cadence of morning and evening flow,
is just a rehearsal for whatever is next in life.
All perceptions are immediate
when they should be re-evaluated
for the totality of the experience,
otherwise, we are short-changing ourselves.
Today, the door of dreams opened
and a woman walked into the unknown
just to know it.
Martin Willitts Jr is a retired Librarian living in Syracuse, NY. He is the winner of 2013 Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest; 2014 Broadsided award; 2014 Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award; and, Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2015, Editor’s Choice. He has over 20 chapbooks, plus 13 full-length collections including “How to Be Silent” (FutureCycle Press, 2016). His forthcoming books include “Dylan Thomas and the Writing Shed” (FutureCycle Press); “Three Ages of Women” (Deerbrook Press); and the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press).