Susan Kelly-Dewitt

If I am dreaming, who will wake mewith a kiss on each eyelid?
If the road outside leads to the riverwhy is the water so cold?
Why is it the red heliconiaresembles a war club?
What happens if enlightenment happenson the road to ignorance?
If, instead of falling, you stay seatedon the horse?

Fog“…a prominent provider of workplace drug tests, said that the rate of employees testing positive for prescription opiates rose by more than 40 percent from 2005 to 2009, and by 18 percent last year alone.”
--New York Times, 2/25/10
Two crows glidelike black lettersacross grayparchment.The black dierolls inside.When the Buddha was askedWhat are you?he answered,Awake!Everyone’s mindis someplace else.

Medicine, 3:00 A.M.
Shantideva says: Whatever happens,I will not let my cheerfulness be disturbed.Being unhappy won’t get me anywhereand will dissipate my goodness.
Sambhava says: Why say the search is futile?Thought and liberation exist simultaneously. Why sayall medicines are impotent? This awareness isthe medicine. Why say I don’t know?

Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the author of The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press), as well as eight previous small press collections. Her new chapbook Season of Change was recently published online by Mudlark..) Her work has also been included in many anthologies, including The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poets. You can visit her website at