How to Be Welcomed into the Universe and How to Invite Others to Join

by | Aug 15, 2023 | Poetry

Sunset over a walking bridge on a marsh.

The only way forward in the summer’s high-pitch frog trills
starts with standing still. Stay within throb-pulse volume
until it affects our blood flow, all the way
to violet-purple before night. Wait
for desire to happen. Add to the frog excitement
the leaf-stir, the river-flow.
Wait for the stars to appear from clouds
like sleepy children yawning. During this late hour,
every sound softens any terrible story,
the universe murmurs with frog-echoes,
chanting and naming their incredible desires.
One step into this magic will never be enough.
It will be alright if we stay longer, return more often.

Photo by Anthony, used and adapted under CC.

About The Author


Martin Willitts Jr is a retired librarian. He is an editor of Comstock Review. He won 2014 Dylan Thomas International Poetry Contest; Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize, 2018; Editor’s Choice, Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, December, 2020; 17th Annual Sejong Writing Competition, 2022. His 21 full-length collections include the Blue Light Award 2019, The Temporary World. His recent books are Harvest Time (Deerbrook Editions, 2021); All Wars Are the Same War (FutureCycle Press, 2022); Not Only the Extraordinary are Exiting the Dream World (Flowstone Press, 2022). Forthcoming is Ethereal Flowers (Shanti Press, 2023), and Rain Followed Me Home (Glass Lyre Press, 2023).