Poetry: “Incarnation” by Anthony Opal

A by himself crow
is picking at the bark

on a log
on top of a rain wet

black feathers glinting

an allover misting

of december rain
on christmas lights—

this incarnation
as viewed from my office window—

a father-forsaken shadow
taking flight

among us, lonely moving.


Anthony Opal is currently a grad student at Northwestern University. His work is forthcoming in Boston Review, Harpur Palate, Notre Dame Review, New Madrid, and The Spoon River Poetry Review.