The Shine Journal - The Light Left Behind

Journeys Through Grief and Beyond

Detour

by

Martin Willitts, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

The last time he left the summer,

 

he shuttered the cabin on schedule,

 

always forgetting at least one thing —

 

they were always forgetting something,

 

whether by accident or on purpose,

 

one could hardly say —

 

this year, it was the porch light,

 

which would flicker and fade

 

like love.

 

 

On the way back, they got lost

 

on a detour, missed the sign,

 

his wife fell asleep

 

in the nape of sunlight

 

like a school-girl crush,

 

and died.

 

 

Now he had the hard decision —

 

close the cabin? Return

 

to something that might sadden him?

 

 

Could he let go? Why should he

 

when the indented, ingrained memory

 

of her was imbedded in his arm

 

like a road map to yesterday?

 

 

Some say, the heart is the first to go —

 

but he would tell you, it is the last.

 

 

Martin Willitts, Jr. has authored 13 poetry chapbooks and three full length poetry collections.

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