Sitting In Darkness

by Russell Willis

If you are sitting in darkness
	open your eyes
	turn around to see if there’s light behind you
		or above
		or below
		or to the side
		not that side, the other side
	get up and look for some light
	ask for some light
		maybe you should have asked
		right after you opened your eyes
	if (like Jonah) you know where the switch is …
If you see someone sitting in darkness
	for God’s sake, don’t wait to be asked to share some light

Ethicist, online education entrepreneur, and Pastor, Russell Willis, emerged as a poet in 2019. Since then, his poetry has been published in American Writers Review 2021, Last Leaves, Vermont Public Radio – Between the Lines Series, Atherton Review, Sledgehammer Literary Review, Intangible Magazine, 433, Breathe, Peeking Cat, As Above So Below, Grand Little Things, Frost Meadow Review’s Pandemic Poetry, October Hill, Cathexis Northwest, Meat for Tea, The MOON magazine, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, The Esthetic Apostle, The Write Launch and nine anthologies. Russell grew up in and around Texas, was vocationally scattered throughout the Southwest and Great Plains for many years, and is now settled in Vermont with his wife, Dawn. Russell’s website is

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