The final card of the second decade traditionally shows the Last Judgement. Baby Birch represents a more personal moment of reckoning. Against her wishes, the narrator must choose one path to go down, cutting all others off.
The area between the two birches is filled with night, trapping the figures in a dream. The woman is dressed in all flesh tones, reflecting vulnerability and a feeling of nakedness. The knife poised to skin the captured rabbit is also pointed at the woman’s own heart. Meanwhile, the goose above is the epitome of the protective mother (“cussing … over her eggs” in the song). The volume of her call clears out the landscape, beating against the woman’s hesitation and uncertainty. The sky-colored egg on the ground is a token of hidden possibilities to be hatched.
The violence of the song’s climax is shocking. However, the sacrifice of innumerable possible futures is necessary to move forward in one. When this card appears, it is a prompt to choose.