by Martin Willits Jr
August trails across the sky,
It is finished raining.
The quiet cold remains,
trees dazed by the sudden changes,
ripen with crisp eminence.
Juncos quiver on maple branches.
Soon, September’s wingspan will darken
and lengthen into drizzle-chills.
Already, the clutch of winter berry
and red holly berries
begin their slow flight of appearing,
preparing for the resurgence of fall.
Floods of geese practice landing
only to return.
The season warbles.
Days unravel a spool of thread.
Yesterday disappears into the froth-churning,
dazzling adrenalin-thrust uncertainty.
During windbreak in the cinnamon night,
the world reduces to incomprehensible silence
under the deadfall of leaves.
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).