Two Poems

Another Sky

Frigid wind
shivers one
tattered wing

of a car-struck
magpie dead
on the road. Now

her gibbous moon
breast lights up
another sky,

her eye’s black
opal that night’s
only star.

The Raven’s Wing

A black flash, a streak
               outside the
sliding glass door, startled your
     glance into
              dwindling twilight. The raven
vanished into it,

left you with the sun slipping
into hiding beyond
some distant

     peaks, dyeing high clouds,
              turning lakes
from silver glints to flat flecks
      of tin. Night
                mists up from the thickening
pine forest now, melts
       into that vaster darkness
                that all day had arched
       (shrouded by the spring
                 day’s blinding
brilliance); Venus glimmers forth
        among faint
                  spatterings of stars, and low
above a deckle-
         edged ridge, the quarter moon tilts
                  its milk-glass horns. Then
         you’re here—here in this
room, recalling how that black
         wing found you
                   lost in feckless fantasy—
a daydream of how
           much fuller your life
                    could be, if only you had
more money.
Joseph Hutchison

Joseph Hutchison, Poet Laureate of Colorado (2014-2018), is the author of 16 collections of poems, including The World As Is: New & Selected Poems 1972-2015, The Satire Lounge, Marked Men, Thread of the Real, and Bed of Coals. He has also co-edited, with Andrea Watson, the FutureCycle Press Good Works anthology Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (all profits to the Malala Foundation). He directs both the Arts & Culture and Global Affairs programs for the University of Denver’s University College and lives with his wife, Iyengar yoga instructor Melody Madonna, in the mountains southwest of Denver.