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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 debut, Ninefox Gambit, won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators. Find him on the web at or contact him via email.
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