When caught in a wordless moment,
do not worry too much about what to say —

the speechlessness tells us
whatever we need to know.

Embrace the silence, make it
the clothing you wear.

When trapped inside this uncertainty,
distance from the subject might bring it closer.

Some experiences escape words, leaving
no trace. It’s alright to be overwhelmed.

Some places we just have to leave alone;
sometimes, we can come back,

trying to assemble words like robins make nests,
knowing a breeze could destroy them.

Martin Willitts Jr.

Martin Willitts Jr has 24 chapbooks including the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 16 full-length collections including the Blue Light Award 2019 winner, The Temporary World. His recent book is Unfolding Towards Love (Wipf and Stock, 2020).