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three things she sought

in the forest's frozen jaws

icebird's sharp feather

firebird's charred talon

nightbird's dark egg

three times she leaned

over her reflection in the ice

but one feather will not free her

to soar toward the sun

one talon will not arm her

against wolf and bear

one egg will not hatch her

into a kinder pyre

Yoon Ha Lee's fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She lives in Washington state with her husband, an astrophysics graduate student, and their daughter. You can contact her at
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