Crow with Salt, Photograph by Marian Drew, 2003

"Crow with Salt" by Marian Drew
“Crow with Salt” by Marian Drew, reprint with author’s permission

by Lois Marie Harrod

After the dark funeral, we see
how we fix the dead—

slip the black bird onto a china saucer
place the plate on a linen tablecloth,

the one grandmother embroidered
and folded into a tissued box.

There is no time to iron,
so let Christ smooth it out,

Christ the chauffeur, Christ the roadkill,
take, eat, the crinkled foot,

black feathers and beak,
a little lemon, a little salt

the cruets of oil and vinegar
echoing the swerve of flip and wing.

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