John Hicks

John Hicks is an emerging poet: has been published or accepted for publication by:  Valparaiso Poetry Review, I-70 Review, Ekphrastic Review, Glint Literary Journal, Midnight Circus, Panorama, Mojave River Review, and others.  In 2016 he completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.  He writes from the thin air of northern New Mexico.



A small slice of light pushes morning

along a path over a shoulder of the Sandias,

and eases it beneath the portal at the spot

where a post holds it up, then makes its way

over the narrow window ledge to glow

on a corner tile in our front hall,

and reveals a daddy long-legs with a shadow

so slight its legs appear only as gray lines.  


Considering how far this light has come

to find him in our local menu of alignments—

which lasts less time than this writing—

it seems somehow this must be instructive.

And if it is, to which one of us?