Why It Is Never Truly Silent – Martin Willits, Jr.

“Try it, being still in the mountains.” — William Stafford, Being Still

a bowl fills with light
empties all day

we never see light
gathering or being used
when needed
we never feel wind begin
or cease
only the movement of shadows

there are moments
glowing inside of moments
quietly tender

light is always
somewhere moving fast
shutting windows
letting miles go on
chasing light
a mere drop of sky

this life is always happening,
each minute
potentially the last the lack

of noise
while waiting
is deafening
creating another type of internal noise
dripping in light

Msrtin Willitts JrMartin Willitts Jr is the winner of 2013 Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest; 2014 Broadsided award; 2014 Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award; and, Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2015, Editor’s Choice. He has over 20 chapbooks, plus 11 full-length collections including How to Be Silent (FutureCycle Press, 2016). His poems have appeared in Blue Fifth Review, Kentucky Review, Nine Mile Magazine, Panoply, Comstock Review, Centrifugal Eye, Stone Canoe, and others.