Colleen Abel 


By faith Abel offered to God
a more excellent sacrifice than Cain …
and by it, having died, he yet speaks.

Hebrews 11:4


The raven taught

your mother

and your father

to bury you, first buried.


First martyr.

First shepherd, first

blood crying out

from its place


in the earth.

What is this

to me now, this

badge I wear?


Harbinger. Grief-

bringer. First

bitter taste

in the mouth of God.