“With No Explanation”

Jack Delano, Untitled Photograph (detail) (1940)

One white morning, you awoke to find
your black feathers rooted in the lake’s early freeze.
Your friends had fled. Across the gelid expanse,
I answer your haunting call.
Here I am. Look at me. Talk to me.

—Margo Button, “With No Explanation” (excerpt)

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