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Sitting in Darkness, a Poem by Russell Willis

If you are sitting in darkness

open your eyes

turn around to see if there’s light behind you

or above

or below

or to the side

not that side, the other side

get up and look for some light

ask for some light

maybe you should have asked

right after you opened your eyes

if (like Jonah) you know where the switch is …

If you see someone sitting in darkness

for God’s sake, don’t wait to be asked to share some light

Published in Agape Review


Ethicist, online education entrepreneur, and pastor, Russell Willis emerged as a poet in 2019. Since then he has been profiled in THE POET Magazine and published in twenty-eight online and print journals (including the Ekstasis Review and As Above So Below) and seventeen 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.


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