This Year


Utmost, utmost the geese insist.
It embarrasses me to hear it.
Another season goes

purpling across the firmament.
This year has the skies
of a world so courageous

it embarrasses me
to walk calmly along a day
and see promises through

to their animal importance.
I have appointments on the earth.
It embarrasses me not to try.

 Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


Jess Williard

Jess Williard's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Third Coast, North American Review, Colorado Review, Southern Humanities Review, Barrow Street, Lake Effect, The New Orleans Review, Sycamore Review, Bayou Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, Oxford Poetry, and other journals. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives in Atlanta where he is a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University.