by Martin Willitts Jr
I follow the curve of the river as it veers off to somewhere else, still chasing the last tangible moment of light. I wait for my heart to settle, to dock, to tie onto, and ahead is a beacon of city lights — the sense of belonging, a place to go to, but it’s too far to reach — the city lights might as well be stars or fireflies highlighting aspirations. All I can do is glance at the unexpected light, always just within reach my rowing to a distant shore.
Martin Willitts Jr, a Comstock Review editor, has 25 chapbooks including the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 21 full-length collections including the Blue Light Award 2019, “The Temporary World.” His new full-length is “Harvest Time” (Deerbrook Press, 2021).