Patience

by Russell Willis

The time we share
perfectly with God
is now

God holds the past
as perfectly as the now
while we remember, or not, only
that which we remember
or not

The future is yet 
to be; a gift
but will be
only once it’s now

The virtue of future?
patience
doing business as faith

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 REWillisWrites.com

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