By Carol Berg

It is important to remember
the difference between

frog and toad skin.
Carry a stick when outdoors.

You will need it to feed
words to the demanding dirt.

The highest branches are safest
for your secrets. Throw

stones at crows. They will carry
your secrets too far

if you let them.
Do not forget how

to scare yourself ten times
every day. The names

of all dinosaurs are code.
Do not try to explain this.

Your hands will swear
they only want to touch

the butterfly’s wings.
Your hands will lie.


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