—Something here about memory

If you root around
hard enough,

of course you will find
the letter that begins

the body—at least
what you now know

of it. Something here about
memory—or, something

about the wound itself
bearing the body—

by which I mean giving birth to it—
as if a dark leaf

unfurling, or a hand
opening to itself—

From Little Mercy by Robin Walter. Copyright © 2024 by Robin Walter. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC, on behalf of Graywolf Press.