Martin Willitts Jr

What Has The World Come To?

What has the world come to?
We take advantage of others for our own purposes.

Some terrorists captured a nine year old girl
as she was going to school
which was forbidden to girls.
She had a small space of her face exposed,
which was definitely against religion.
We may think that this is harsh,
but that is their belief. This does not mean
her kidnapping was necessary.

They strapped a bomb on her
and sent her to a public market to blow herself up.
When she did not comply, was she defying religion?
The men who sent her
thought their mission was righteous.

What is conviction but failure to see a better way?
How can we rest the disquieted spirit after this?

Martin Willitts Jr recent poems appeared in Naugatuck River Review, MiPOesias, Flutter,, Muse Café, and Caper Journal. He was recently nominated for two Best of The Net awards and his 5th Pushcart award. He has new chapbooks: “The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses” (Pudding House Publications, 2010), “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for Cezanne” (Finishing Line Press, 2010), “True Simplicity” (Poets Wear Prada Press, 2011), “My Heart Is Seven Wild Swans Lifting” (Slow Trains, 2011), “Why Women Are A Ribbon Around A Bomb” (Last Automat, 2011), and “Art Is Always an Impression of What an Artist Sees” (Muse Café, 2011).

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