by Martin Willitts Jr
You situate within your own space, wearing a slice of quiet inside the valley of noise-stirrings. When you narrow-focus, the rest of world vanishes, taking me with it. You place the Earth into a blue cardboard box with a lavish green bottom. Everything you could possibly want is at your fingertips. You could slice time as thin as onions, breaking the surface of silence. I feel I’ve penetrated a sanctuary. But occasionally, you need to break concentration, breathe, to join this unsubtle world of jab and unruly interruptions. I miss you. I wear out the floor tile, waiting on the other end, like a long country road at night, impossible to tell land, darkness, and edges blending.
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).