Georgia O'Keeffe Poems • Martin Willits Jr.


Men said,
she painted like a woman:

femine lines.

O'Keeffe said,
I paint like
the possessed.


Sometimes, if you empty your
self into a windless
desert like a cow skull
bleached white,

you find yourself
in a different space
of positive energy
like the morning star
becomes a hibiscus

other times,
it is never like this


When O'Keeffe started out
no one understood
the invisible

she had to paint it

some men
were narrow-minded
did not see or understand it
even though it was there
for anyone to see

but women,
on the other hand,
on a deeper
primeval level
like cactus
finds water
where there is none
and knows
how to cherish it

always understand
and patience


Martin Willitts Jr. has 6 full-length collections 
including contest winner "Searching For What 
Is Not There" (Hiraeth Press, 2013) and over 
20 chapbooks of poetry including contest winner 
"William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But 
Restless Man" (Red Ochre Press, 2014).