Autumn Saudade 

W. Luther Jett

Weight on my chest —

afternoons empty of light.

Sullen processions clog

this street of days.

Even my pen refuses

to write, this page

rejects ink. If you

went veiled at dawn

what chance the moon

might rise at night,

red as flamboyanas?

Come back from over

whatever nameless sea

you drift, and find

me naked as a window

without glass, open

to the slightest breeze.

W. Luther Jett is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland and a retired special educator. His poetry has been published in numerous journals as well as several anthologies. Luther’s poem “How Many Fingers’, published in Bourgeon, was nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize. His poetry performance piece, Flying to America, debuted at the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. He is the author of five poetry chapbooks: “Not Quite: Poems Written in Search of My Father”, (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and “Our Situation”, (Prolific Press, 2018), “Everyone Disappears” (Finishing Line Press, 2020), “Little Wars” (Kelsay Books, 2021), and “Watchman, What of the Night?” (CW Books, 2022). A full-length collection, “Flying to America” is scheduled for release in the spring of 2024, from Broadstone Press, while a sixth chapbook, “The Colour Wars”, will be released in the fall by Kelsay Books.  Luther is also the facilitator of a monthly virtual open mike sponsored by the Hyattstown Mill Arts Project in Hyattstown, Maryland.