golden orioles, red-winged black birds
playing amongst the tule
*Tule [Schoenoplectus acutus], woven, makes a house
covering, and your body’s shroud when you die. How do I tell you
that dozing far from that water, my burial mat close,
I hear those birds singing.
Pearl Button is an artist living in the Salishan Territories of western North America. She’s published in a variety of journals under a variety of names.