Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Booth, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and Whiskey Island, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"The police said the mother, identified as Jennifer Berry
of Yonkers, had been charged with second-degree murder
— The New York Times, "Mother Is Accused of
Throwing Newborn to Death From 7th-Floor
Window in Bronx," September 29, 2015
I can't imagine the mouth
of her window swallowing the girl,
the alley its gullet bottom.
It was raining that Monday afternoon
here in Pittsburgh. Did she know
that wind, wet at her window in the Bronx?
I have bled & named what bled from me.
I have leaned out windows in the rain.
I have opened cupped hands
with nothing to offer but what pooled.
I can't imagine the bloody heave, the heft
from that hole.
There wouldn't have been time for a name.
Nothing would have changed had I appeared
outside her shower stall & said I'll take her.
She decided this months ago.