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Martin Willitts, Jr.
Ile Aux Fleurs
Based on the painting by Monet
There is nothing unusual in wildflowers near a river.
Blue shadows of trees are thin smokestacks.
Nothing moves anything; but everything is moving:
winds hum with katydids, dabbed painted light,
clouds of geese meander—
Wildflowers flush with stillness.
There is always somewhere to go, something we have to do,
someone is waiting for us, somewhere a job we started
A ferry boat is about to cross
secrets someone whispers.
We stay, and wonder why have to go anywhere.
Martin Willitts Jr’s forthcoming poetry books include Waiting For The Day To Open Its Wings (UNBOUND Content, 2013), Art Is the Impression of an Artist (Edgar and Lenore’s Publishing House, 2013), City Of Tents (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2013), A Is for Aorta (Seven Circles Press, e-book, 2013), Swimming In the Ladle of Stars (Kattywompus Press, 2013), Late All Night Sessions with Charlie “the Bird” Parker and the Members of Birdland, in Take-Three (A Kind Of a Hurricane Press, ebook, 2013), and he is the winner of the inaugural Wild Earth Poetry Contest for his full length collection “Searching For What Is Not There” (Hiraeth Press, 2013).