When it comes to the end, it won’t matter
if we are as rich as a sultan,
rolling in diamonds and rare rubies
or own a fleet of yachts
we never take out of harbor.
The only part that will matter will be
if we loved and were loved;
and we can’t buy that —
can’t own it, either.
MARTIN WILLITTS JR has 20 chapbooks including the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 11 full-length collections including “The Uncertain Lover” (Dos Madres Press, 2018), and “Home Coming Celebration” (FutureCycle Press, 2019).