Waiting on the Raven
by Jose A. Alcantara

I always carry a pencil in a graveyard –
down among the iron crosses and the marble slabs
the rectangles of little stones painted white
the pink plastic roses in porcelain cups
the ceramic butterflies on metal springs.
I want to be ready when the raven starts
speaking the language of the newly dead.

IMAGE: “Raven” by John James Audubon (1785-1851).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jose A. Alcantara lives in western Colorado. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Spoon River Poetry Review, Clerestory Poetry Journal, Sixfold, Little Patuxent Review, Palimpsest, and 99 Poems for the 99%. He was a 2013 Fishtrap Fellow and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.