Separation and Pulling Together and Separating

Martin Willitts Jr.

the body remembers what the mind forgets

withdraws from the world by inches

escalating exponentially


wingspans of rainfall

the body recalls weeping

the urgent calls for more


blackouts more violet

body momentarily vanishing

someone inside


a mouth is dangerous

hands more so

as they fling abandonment


the mind subtracts stones

water

isolation


mind and body pass through elements

separate

still attached


uncoupling

coupling

indecisive which is best


Martin Willitts Jr. has over 20 chapbooks including the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press), plus 11 full-length collections including How to Be Silent (FutureCycle Press, 2016) and Dylan Thomas and the Writing Shed (FutureCycle Press, 2017).