For all we know, the world ends here. Every bird
turned crow and every crow at the trash can.
One crow begets two. Two crows beget a thousand.
Glass wing. Still eye. Whichever way we turn
is crow. The flapped blacks and blues
of their bodies. The oiled fans of their tails.
We try our voices in a cloud of crow-song.
They come back to us as crow-song.
Everything needs saving. The late song
of the chain saw. The snowpack. The pine.
We who have wrecked the mountain,
we are the rotten and divine.
Black wing, full of grace, the world
is with thee. All our myths
have crumpled to their knees. Tell me,
in the black chapel of these wings, how are we?
How are we made clean?
Laura Paul Watson’s poetry has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Cincinnati Review, AGNI, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She lives in Pine, Colorado, and works as a general contractor, remodeling homes with her husband in the Denver area. (updated 10/2018)