Self-Portrait as Ecotone



if for whatever reason


all that comes next


is wintering

then let it be


unto my crystalline soma



glistering through the clouds


the trees stocked

with mourning doves


densening carpet of mushed dewberries


encircling each hardened trunk

in a black-blue border


and a planted man     with plump leaves for hair

where instead each eye


an umbra


gaunt legs mushrooming

at the forest’s edge


this lissome body


in constant bloom

John Paul Martinez is a Filipino-Canadian poet writing out of Wisconsin. He was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for Best of the Net. His poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in wildnessMatador ReviewGone Lawn, and 100 Word Story. He holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.