When the train lets its whistle go

and all the birds
along the river
rise in an exhale
of white—
milky whir
of a compass spun—
I think I’ve been
wherever they’re going
once before.

Jaimien Delp received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her chapbook, Point of Sand, won the Michigan Writers Chapbook Prize.