I found this picture on the internet with an unknown artist.
Cardinal piercing red the air,
red my mind
redness seized upon, plucked from his branch,
and squeezed with cold-stiff fingers sinking
into feathers, meeting obstinacy
of breastbone there.
Red my hands
my breathing heavy in the air
pictured there my breath mixed
with his invisible last breath.
warms my frozen fingers, drips heavily
to the ground and lift
my painted fingers brush lightly past
the face I own. Up into a shatteringly clear
blue sky my stained hands drift
cardinal-like with slowly stirring feathers
and there strain and flutter toward their new-born