Name the women you have slept with
who talked to owls –
this is how you count mornings.
Watch the boy collect another wren
in another box –
this is how you do not see a bird leave.
Wait for rain to carry the box
this is how you quit loving the moon.
Listen to the boy forget about the bird
and run by the river –
this is how you learn what flies.
Find a woman to keep the small bones
hidden from the boy –
this is how you find where claws are kept.
Tyler Kline balances his time between working on an organic vegetable farm and studying English at the University of Delaware. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Rufous City Review, and Rogue Agent.