I wanted to be there when the wars ended

because I wanted to feel the earth cool –

and not just oceans and rivers

but stars and even you –

the hunger to lie in an open field,

to take back perfection, the beauty

of the honeybee on the eye

of a daisy.




Kate Hutchinson teaches English in a suburb of Chicago, quietly and persistently encouraging teenagers to see the power words can convey. She also teaches poetry at National-Louis University each summer. Her poetry has appeared in many publications over the years, and a chapbook of her poems, The Gray Limbo of Perhaps, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. She muses at poetkatehutchinson.wordpress.com.