Russell Willis – Two Poems

At the Edge (of a Lake) Russell Willis

Tabletop Musing

Tracing the grain of a tabletop and
stools lost in their past while recon-
structing their time and imagining
the angle of the saw cut and how
old and how big and whether fel-
led after a full life or that it was its
time because they needed to build
this table and these stools just then
tracing the natural wanderings of
consistently incessant time yet no
two rings alike and if the darker rings
show signs of stress or wellbeing
drought or a wet summer or bles-
sed normalcy or some effect of the
wood-workers art and where is Na-
ture and where is God in these pat-
terns and even my tracing of them
and wondering if I was felled to-
day what would my rings reveal?



Ethicist and online education entrepreneur, Russell Willis, emerged as a poet in 2019, beginning with the publication on January 2 of three poems in The Write Launch. Since then, his poetry has been published in Grand Little Things, Frost Meadow Review’s Pandemic Poetry, October Hill, Cathexis Northwest, Meat for Tea, The MOON Magazine, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, The Esthetic Apostle, and three anthologies. Russell grew up in and around Texas, was vocationally scattered throughout the Southwest and Great Plains for many years, and is now settled in Vermont with his wife, Dawn.