Martin Willitts Jr – 1 poem 

Cat’s Ears (Calochortus elegans)

or, Elegant Mariposa Lily


a diminutive plant with slender, bent

stems and a few sparse white flowers

in a branched cluster

shorter than the single grass-like leaf

resembling a cat’s ears


I scratch my field notes

curiosity has caught my tongue

the mousy-day is held by its tail

in my teeth

ears twitching



Martin Willitts Jr has poems in The Galway Review, Lampeter Review, Comstock Review, Kentucky Review, and numerous other magazines. He has over 20 chapbooks, plus 11 full-length collections including “How to Be Silent” (FutureCycle Press, 2017). He won the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Poetry Award.


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