Martin Willitts

Why I Do Not Respond
by Martin Willitts

I think I could live in the folded wrinkles around a rhinoceros eye,
near the thick curved horn where calm decisions are made
in a blink. Inside my skin would be the rhythmic pulse
of purpling skies before the almost-rain, a recollection
of replenishing deserts,
followed by an unexcitable ripple after.

A guttural reaction that might scrape the air,
might jangle dust, a part of phonetics
where I am trying to tell you what is important,
but you’re closed-eared.

I walk away with a cadence
of profound indifference.
No sense getting angry,
although I appear to contain a volume of fury.

I’d rather inhabit the noiselessness,
let be, let be,
place a dampener on my emotions,
let dust settle
on my massive shoulders.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 22, Issue 4.

Martin WillittsMartin 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.”

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