The walls bear down
heavy as a woman forcing a hot iron
into the fabric of work
making a statement
like a force to be reckoned with
straightening this hard life
in the claustrophobic world
when most are dreaming

About the Poet

Martin Willitts Jr. was nominated for four Pushcart Awards. His second full length book of poetry is The Hummingbird (March Street Press, 2009). His eleventh chapbook is Baskets of Tomorrow (Flutter Press, 2009), and he has two forthcoming chapbooks True Simplicity (Poets Wear Prada Press, 2010) and The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses (Pudding House Publications, 2010).