How to Rescue the Stunned Bird by K. T. Landon

keep it safe the book says
in the dark in a warm box quiet


until the battered body
knows itself again


then hold the terrified heart
in the palm of your hand


long enough


to let it fly up into
darkness, leaving you


to wonder always
if you got it right

K. T. Landon is the author of Orange, Dreaming (Five Oaks Press, 2017) and received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Spillway, North American Review, Narrative, and Best New Poets. She is a reader for Lily Poetry Review.