Day begins,
a hymn from the pipe organ trees —
slow, steady — a rumbling undertow
freight train approaching —
murmuring with excitement and dazzle-light,
leaf-shaking birds.

There’s no word for this — this opposite
of star-burst or heart-sunk at dusk
when silence takes over,

leaves easing onto the ground
into a finale, even the after-affects —

the sighed release,
the hand-hewn finished product
taken out-of-body,

to continue throughout the day,
a quiet storm,

to let go of what’s bothering us,
to be the finger touching
the right organ chords.

Martin Willitts Jr, a Comstock Review editor, has 25 chapbooks including the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 21 full-length collections including the Blue Light Award 2019, “The Temporary World.” His new full-length is “Harvest Time” (Deerbrook Press, 2021).