The Shine Journal - The Light Left Behind

Journeys Through Grief and Beyond



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.

Contact Editor: Pamela Tyree Griffin

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