Share https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2017/mar/Onusko_LetterToAmerica.mp3 Elegy in January The type of people who gather to watch the controlled demolition of condemned buildings are the same people who believe everything happens for a reason. I’m not one of them, but I envy them. They busy themselves with prayer at moments like these while I sit with nothing to do. I try talking to you in my mind and end up delivering a monologue mostly about my own grief, my tone windless, my words paper cranes nose-diving. In the backyard, a visitation of red-winged blackbirds out of season. Winter is late this year. The first cold spell is coming next week. It’s forecast to stay. Elizabeth Onusko is the author of Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor (Red Paint Hill, 2016). She is the editor of Foundry and assistant editor of inter|rupture. Her website is www.elizabethonusko.com. Header photo of red-winged blackbird by Don Freiday, courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo of Elizabeth Onusko by Michelle Meier. Read more new Letters to America in Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, published by Terrain.org and Trinity University Press.