Assembling Faith

A huge turkey came
down the path. Serene,
only slightly more

beautiful than ugly.
It looked as though
it had made itself

out of morning’s spare parts.
I wanted to put something
together like that,

without a mirror.
Long feathers.
Waxy, red dribble —

and yet it glided
almost regally
into the misty woods.

Chloe Honum’s poems were included in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.